It’s been in the works for years and now I’m thrilled to announce: My debut novel, The God of Sno Cone Blue, is published! For more about the story and links to reviews, read on. To buy the book in paperback or e-book format, see these retailers.
Is your book club near Portland?
To those of you who’ve asked me about reading The God of Sno Cone Blue with your Book Club—great idea! The paperback version includes Questions and Topics for Discussion for that very purpose. If you live in or near Portland, Oregon, I’d be happy to visit your group to talk about the book, just take a minute to contact me.
Writing this book has been a longtime labor of love for me, from story conception to deciding whether it should be Sno Cone Blue or Snow Cone Blue. And I’m endlessly grateful to so many who’ve offered support. Read some of their reviews here. Also, if you’d like updates from this website and news of the second novel I’m writing, simply subscribe.
Finally, I’ll finish with a synopsis of The God of Sno Cone Blue, some of which appears on the back cover of the print edition and elsewhere on this site. Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you enjoy the book!
Something is odd about Grace. She has mismatched eyes, one dark and one light. She thinks she’s seen God. When her mother dies, she begins to get letters from her, as if from the grave. The letters tell of her mother’s life before she married Grace’s father, in time, confessing fiercely guarded family secrets. I wasn’t always a Preacher’s Wife… I made mistakes along the way.
Looking back, as a middle-aged woman, Grace relives those transformative years, coming of age in the 1960s as the daughter of The Reverend Thad Carsten and his much-younger wife, Sharon. When they move to a new neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, Sharon is healthy and Grace takes turmoil in stride: a new school, her backward neighbors, the simmering Vietnam War and political unrest. On the whole, life is sublime—until Sharon gets sick and dies. Then Grace’s world turns upside down.
Days after Sharon is gone, the letters to her daughter start coming, delivered mysteriously in the dark of night. Grace finds them—addressed to her—and devours every word, desperate to figure out who’s delivering them. As she struggles with questions of loss and faith, she begins to butt heads with the preacher, increasingly focused on the mysterious messenger and her mother’s letters. The handwritten pages arrive periodically as Grace matures, fostering a strange mother daughter relationship.
Early on, the letters offer motherly advice, but increasingly they shift their focus to Sharon’s early teens, eventually confessing a forbidden young adult romance. By then, Grace is desperate for the rest of the story, searching everywhere for her mother’s writings, until finally there’s a breakthrough. When she reads the last of the letters—and an astonishing truth—she embarks on a journey that changes her life and perspective forever.