We are thrilled that our own WU contributor Lydia Sharp is with us today—her posts are always funny, insightful, and full of both help and hope. Her latest book, MISMATCHED, was released on May 24. This is her second novella; she is also the author of TWIN SENSE, a YA contemporary novella, which was published in November 2012.
This is Lydia’s first foray into adult fantasy, and she’s said that this book has been extremely personal to her; in her words, writing it was “my way of dealing with external effects of my internal journey.”
We’re so excited that she’s here to share some of her writing process and inspiration.
Q: What’s the premise of your new book?
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MISMATCHED is a fantasy novelette about a young woman on the brink of adulthood. In her world, humans have an extra organ called a heart-stone that is connected to both the central nervous system and the reproductive system. The heart-stone not only guides each individual to their life passion, or career, but also leads them to, and “bonds” them to, their life-match (another word for soul mate). MISMATCHED is about one woman’s search and discovery of her life-match, who turns out to be someone it was thought biologically impossible to be matched to.
Q: What would you like people to know about the story itself?
I can’t put it into words any better than a phrase I found in a review of the book shortly after it released. “MISMATCHED is about being true to yourself and accepting the truth of one’s heart over the expectations of the culture and society.” (source)
This sentiment is exactly what prompted me to write the book–it is a result of the external effects of my own internal journey–and I’m so glad that it has connected with readers who need it as this time, while our cultures and societies are in flux.
Q: What was this book’s path to publication?