It’s the story of Casey, a woman who lives with her fiancé and his three children, who is then plunged into crisis. Her fiancé grows quiet, his teen-aged daughter grows angry and then his son runs away. The children’s mother shows up, loud and damaging, and Casey must find her voice, confront secrets, and encourage healing within a family that isn’t even (legally) hers. Here are just a few of the reviews:
She brings us a sympathetic, flawed heroine who finds the strength to speak up for herself and those she’s come to care about. An emotionally stirring piece that will resonate long after the last page is read. – RT Top Pick
“An involving portrayal of the obstacles confronting today’s families.” – Publishers Weekly
“Riggle paints with exquisite care a not-so-pretty picture of modern life, when running away can seem like the only option if it promises just a little bit of freedom.” – Library Journal
I’m thrilled Kris is with us today to talk about the importance of mistakes. Enjoy!
Make a Mistake
My first high school orchestra conductor was Mr. Bennett. He had a booming voice and a temper and was not afraid to use either.
Nothing enraged him more than wimpy, mealy-mouthed performing. (Okay, maybe tardiness. Or talking out of turn.) After all, he was a drummer and you just can’t be wishy-washy about banging your instrument with sticks.
When performing in an orchestra, there’s a great temptation at times to creep quietly into the music, say, after your section has been resting and counting beats of silence for several measures. Maybe you’ve lost count and you’re not confident you’ve got it right so even if the music calls for a forceful entrance, you whisper with your instrument so if you’re wrong no one notices.
This would create a mush of uneven noises as a section of ten or so violins, say, stumbled back into the piece. And that would make Mr. Bennett crazy. [Read more…]