Monday, February 14, 2011

How “Starless Sky” Came to Be

Guest Post by Paige Agnew, author of Starless Sky

It was Halloween. I remember that day clearly in my head. I remember coming home and immediately going into search for my dog, but finding him gone. Forever. Trying to sort out my feelings and make sense of a situation that didn’t, I started writing. Nothing serious. Nothing, really, that I even finished. The first line of it stuck with me, though. He was gone, without my permission or consent, just gone. Forever. Those words, in a nutshell, seemed to sum up everything I was feeling. Those words are the same words that begin Starless Sky.

I am a proud bookworm. My room’s overflowing with literature of all kinds, and I think any avid reader thinks to themselves, at some point or another, about creating their own story, whether they execute it or not. Well, what I wanted to do was create a story that could tackle a serious subject without being too sad. A good cry is nice every once in a while, but I’d rather enjoy a book with a smile than have a box of tissues next to me while I sob. At the point when I started writing Starless Sky, over a year past the death of my pet, I thought that I could incorporate some of the feelings of loss and grief that I had felt before, but present it in a way that was more hopeful than sad.

One of the main focuses of the book is the metaphor of the earthquake and the aftershock. Starless Sky takes place during the aftershock. It’s the moments after the initial tragedy. Death, the earthquake, is the easy part. It’s the aftershock, the learning process of living without that loved one in your life, that’s the hardest. It’s an everyday struggle. Starless Sky isn’t about death. It’s about moving on from it and realizing that you need help along the way.

My inspiration for writing Starless Sky, beyond desperately wanting to write a book of my own, was to create a story that could shed some light on a topic that’s usually dark. More than anything else, I think Starless Sky is a journey, a coming of age perhaps. Kahlen grows a lot through the course of the story, and I hope audiences will take away something as well.

To read more, go to my website, Listen to my audio excerpt. If you are intrigued to hear more, you can purchase my book there as well.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great book for teens.


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