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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beyond Vica - T.C. Booth on Teens, Love, and Loss

T.C. Booth is my guest host today, writing about loss, teens, the grieving process, 
and her new book, Beyond Vica. 
Welcome T.C.!

 My young adult novella, Beyond Vica, was released by Astraea Press yesterday.  I've always had a passion for helping young people along with writing. The combination of the two was my inspiration for writing this novella.
The four most important young people in my life have experienced more than one tragedy that has taken a loved one from them too soon. The latest tragedy occurred after this story was already written and in the process of being published. As a result of this, I 'm now raising two more teens. My family grew and so has the love in my heart.

  The most difficult part of this journey was to watch the grief of my two new children. There were nights I wished I could rub their hearts and heal them. Unfortunately, grief is a process.  I have to love them through this.
  My story shows the process of grieving through the eyes of Gabby. Just like Gabby, my new children have the support for young people grieving through our local hospice. I can't say enough how thankful I am that we have this resource available to us.

Gabby and her two best friends share a constellation in the sky named VICA. The trio named the constellation that tells the tale of their childhood friendship. Now that Gabby is fifteen, this tale written in the stars means more than ever. Gabby finds herself facing the threat of losing her best friend, Sam to cancer.

The sudden interest in Sam from people at school raises Gabby's suspicions. They've never cared about Sam before, with the exception of Brody, Gabby's other best friend. His insane good looks and off the scale popularity attracts the attention of most girls. Gabby's learned to keep her guard up with these girls who've attempted to befriend her in order to get close to Brody. She won't stand for Sam being used as a pawn in their games.

Grief over Sam's situation triggers memories of Gabby's past. She's flooded with images of a tragedy that happened when Gabby was five. To complicate matters even more, Gabby finds herself turning into one of the girls she's always complained about...the girls that drool after Brody. Gabby's afraid to let herself feel anything for Brody other than friendship. With the threat of losing Sam, she can't take a chance on jeopardizing her only other friendship.

As Gabby's world crashes down on her, she's forced to face the realities of life, death, grief, and love. How will she survive without the friendship that's written in the stars?

About T.C. Booth

TC Booth was born and raised in the small town where she currently lives and teaches. She is married with two daughters, teaches, and holds a master's degree in education.

She discovered her enjoyment of writing at a young age with the writing of poetry. This love of writing devopled into writing short stories for her family and students.

She wrote the children's story, The Time Travel Storm for her class that was published in 2102. Her short young adult fiction story titled "A Seasoned Card Player" was published in an anthology called A Certain Kind of Freedom last year.

She feels blessed to be living her dream of not only teaching children, but writing stories for them and young adults to enjoy as well.

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