Thank you for reading, for supporting, for everything you are to me. Have a beautiful and blessed New Year!
I know a lot of authors worry when they’re putting out a new book. They’re intimidated by what readers will think and many of them report spending opening day huddled in a closet or under a bed. I’m not usually bothered, but this time…I’ve got my spot picked out in the very back corner of my closet.
Why the worry this time? When I finished Weeds of Detroit, I thought, this story may not be what people expect of a Detroit tale. Did I draw back the curtain enough? And doesn’t it seem almost moronic to say a novel is based on true events? What does that even mean? A lie based on the truth? Huh???
Every year since 2009 (when I wrote the very first manuscript of WEEDS) I’ve revisited this story with different ideas of how to write it. In my earliest drafts, I tried writing Weeds as a memoir. I changed the point of view about 80 times, to Will’s perspective, to third person, to look out through Lavina’s eyes — none of it worked. One year, I thought it would be brilliant to get up on a literary pulpit and make Weeds into a young adult novel with a stellar message … one message was that it could be used as a tool to encourage kids to stay in school (sigh … it’s not that) … another idea was to offer commentary on the state of the city (groan … it’s not that) … and another was to address the uselessness of racial tensions (oh, Lord … it’s not that either). I even thought about (and wrote) some extremely over-dramatized versions to make the tale even more, more, MORE super-sized than it already was, with eyeballs hanging out, and gory bedroom scenes, and salacious, salacious, SALACIOUS…because at points I felt like I should try to compete with the 50 Shades of Gray and the Avengers and the EVERYTHING THAT IS BIGGER-THAN-LIFE stories out there.
And then I realized, early this year, that what I really, really, REALLY wanted was to capture the truth. I wanted to write the true emotional experience of being a sheltered teen who was totally unprepared for living in a Detroit hotel. That’s it. Forget the BIG stories — this ain’t no Iron Man. I just wanted to give readers a look into some of the incredible experiences I had, in the context of an interesting story.
So, I began what seems like the zillionth draft of this book, which will be the book you can read on October 25th. I know that it may be dissected for the truth, questioned for the fiction, used as a race-against-race tool to jab each other in the eye … but I sincerely hope that it is none of that.
I just told the story of what it was like to live in Detroit as a naive kid.
I suppose I’ll always wonder if I pulled back the curtain enough, but since the curtain resembles more of a shower curtain than a theater curtain, well … geez … you get what you get. By the way, there is a Note From the Author in the back of the book that separates out some of the fact from the fiction a bit more, if you are interested.
So, that’s the truth. This story was a bugger to write. It is the first book which will have me actually huddled under my bed, terrified, on opening day (October 25th) and, possibly, ever after. I hope you like it and, most of all, I hope the characters ring true, like flawed and glorious family photos of humanity displayed on the walls of a 1986 Detroit.
I have so many things to tell you, so I’m just going to jump to it!
In an attempt to separate my genres and categories, there’s a new change coming soon and you are the first to know. In my recent rebranding, I’ve got this new website, a new logo, and new names!
THIS NEW WEBSITE!!
YES! Clean and simple, easy to navigate–you can find the blog, events tab, list sign-up, contact info, and BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS at a snap!
My young adult titles will be consecutively fantasy books, written under the name Misty Provencher.
My new adult and adult titles will be consecutively contemporary books, written under the name Misty Paquette. The changes will be coming by the end of the year.
I’m excited to show you guys my new logo (by Starla Huchton) which includes the tag line that YOU—the readers—gave me. I am so proud that you are delighted with my unexpect
ed story ideas and plot twists, and honored to bring out a logo that puts our ideas together. I hope you enjoy it!