“Forgetting My Way Back to You” Release: Twelve Years in the Making

Today, I officially become a two-time published author with the release of my new love story, Forgetting My Way Back to You.  Over the course of several months, I’ve posted multiple blogs about it, but I haven’t given you the true Behind the Pages details that make this book so special to me.

Like any book, Forgetting My Way Back to You started as a tiny seed.  In this case, the seed was in a sixteen-year-old girl’s mind, where it could’ve easily died of hormone overload!social-1206614_1280  Jokes aside, I was going through the throws of teenage life with the drama and yes, tears, and I wished I could forget my troubles.  If only I could get amnesia and forget them…

I attempted to write my first draft in the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school, but I soon figured out how unequipped I was at that age.  After I graduated, though, I went back to it, and despite some setbacks, I finished it in about two years.  To my thrill, it attracted immediate attention from a well-known publisher, but—still in the days of snail mail—they lost my manuscript.  It worked out for the best, however, since they closed their doors within months.

While proud of it, I began to see, again, my immaturity shine through in the plot.  It chronicled the travails of an engaged couple being pulled apart by the groom’s ex-girlfriend, who schemed to sabotage their relationship.  During an argument on a Florida beach, the bride was hit by a rogue wave, and the head trauma she suffered caused her selective amnesia.  Melodramatic, you say?  Yeah, I realized that, too, so I set it aside for a while.

Meanwhile, I had similar doubts about a high school romance I wrote, and I pretty much marked them both down as writing experience, never to see the light of day.  In time, however, I saw hope for the two and realized what they lacked: each other. Thus, I decided to insert parts of the high school romance as flashbacks into the one about amnesia.  As a result, the couple’s history enriched the story, giving Charlee, the protagonist, more to lose when she forgets her boyfriend, Hunter.

I resumed shopping it to publishers in 2017, and my persistence paid off; three publishers showed interest in it within the first three months.  Of course, I ended up with Vinspire Publishing, who released it almost one year—to the day—later.

The experience was a long, mostly uphill battle, but all in all, I’m grateful for it.  It gave me experience and taught me a lot about myself both professionally and personally.  I’m proud of it more than I am any of my works to date, because of how far it’s come and how much I’ve gained in the process.  I hope the time and care I’ve given it will translate to readers, and give them an ‘unforgettable’ few hours of enjoying it!

About Forgetting My Way Back to You

At one point or another, everybody finds themselves wanting a second chance, whether it be missing the ForgettingMyWay 500x750mark on an investment, failing to live up to a certain goal, or letting a true love slip away. It’s very seldom, however, that one receives the proverbial do-over.

Charlee Stoll and Hunter Jett become the modern-day exception. After a decade-long estrangement, the high school sweethearts reconnect when Hunter, fresh off a career in arena football, returns to his hometown. Their reunion catches both of them by surprise, and they quickly recapture the love they once shared. When Hunter begins to rethink his choices, though, tragedy strikes. During a heated confrontation, Charlee’s thrown off a horse and sent into a week-long coma.

When she awakens with no clue who he is, he seizes the chance to right his wrongs, but it proves more challenging than he expects. On top of romancing her, he must overcome her father’s displeasure, another ex-boyfriend vying for her love, and her own mission to regain her memory. Through charm and deception, can he win back her love…before she discovers the truth?

Buy on Amazon for $12.99 for paperbacks or $2.99 on Kindle.  Go to VinspirePublishing.com for more retailers.

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Character Spotlight: Mabel Stentz

Over the past few weeks, I’ve introduced readers to a few of the main characters from Forgetting My Way Back to You, my upcoming novel, through character spotlights.  In keeping with one of the story’s elements, these posts are portrayed as news articles in the Coatesville Times, the setting’s actual local paper.

This final edition sheds light on Mabel Stentz, the protagonist’s dear older friend whose frisky wit all but steals the story.  I based her on a close family friend I looked on as a grandma, who I often told I’d write a book about her one day.  Almost fourteen years after she passed, I’m so thrilled it’ll soon be out for readers to enjoy getting to know her and her undying spunk.

August 26, 2013

Community Spotlight: Resident Reflects on Fifty Years in Coatesville

By Terry Cinders

The Times frequently features articles on Coatesville’s longtime residents, and these are some of my favorite to put together.  Today’s is no exception.  Having moved here in the summer of 1964, Mabel Stentz may not have lived in our town the longest, but she probably has one of the liveliest stories on what brought her.

“I was a telephone operator in Louisville, Kentucky, and I spoke with a gentleman who needed to make a business call.  He had a deep voice, which made me wonder what he looked like, but I tried not to let that on since I’d been reprimanded before mabelfor flirting with callers. Nonetheless, my distraction made me connect him to the wrong line…twice, in fact!  When he called back the third time, he surprised me by how calm he was, and before I transferred him again, he asked if he could take me to dinner to see if I was a better date than an operator.”

The man proved to be Roy Stentz, who worked from 1934 to 1969 at Lukens Steel.  He’d gone to Louisville to look at other plants’ new equipment and determine if Lukens should invest in such.

“We ended up going out all three nights he stayed in town.  Before he left, he wanted my phone number, saying he’d lost trust in the help at the telephone company.”  She laughed.  “We kept in touch, and he proposed a couple times, but I refused.  I liked big city life and wasn’t going to let some man—even a very good-looking one—settle me in a quaint town.  He, of course, wouldn’t leave the factory, so that was that.”

A misfortune, though, made her reconsider.

“Not long after we broke up, I went with some friends to New York City.  The car only had one bench seat, and there were six of us, so two other girls and I sat on newspapers in the back.  I was over forty, so my hips and I were never so glad to see the Brooklyn Bridge!  My glee was short-lived, however.  Our first night, we were mugged at gun point.

“I’d never been so scared, and it made me realize how the world was changing.  We barely had enough money to get home, let alone spend a week in Manhattan like we’d planned.  So, we replenished our newspapers and headed back.  Within an hour, I’d decided I was going to Coatesville, and that became my home.”

Stentz hasn’t ever regretted the decision, having grown to love the small town.  Her husband died in 1991, but she didn’t consider returning to Kentucky.

“My sister had moved to the area, too, by then, but I stayed, anyhow!”

At age ninety, she’s lived for the past five years in Harrison Home and enjoys playing Bingo, as well as visiting with her friend, Charlee Stoll, the center’s physical therapist.

“That girl is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met…and it isn’t just because she brings me extra desserts.”

When asked her secret to longevity, Stentz replied, “Good food and good men!”

 

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