By: Peyton Garver
Published By: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: May 28, 2017
Pages: Not Listed
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When Brie's stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it's not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school's star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she'd overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?
Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake's romantic histories with the girl next door and the school's queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?
When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma was published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing.
When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. "One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth's novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript. I've since added those dream casts to my website."
When she's not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. "Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can't put down."
1) If this were Twitter, how would you pitch Sublime Karma in 140 characters or less?
Sublime Karma: Is Jake strong enough to help Brie weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past? #ContemporaryYA #EdgyYA
2) From where do you draw your inspiration as a writer? Who are some of your favorite authors?
My inspiration comes from my students, their individual spirits, challenges, heartaches, and triumphs. I also wanted to promote advocacy, for both self and others. In a sense I wanted to get the point across that everyone has a story, there’s a reason why they are the way they are, and to think before judging someone. I’d like my readers to step back and maybe identify with a character and think more deeply about the way they themselves act toward others. Are they an advocate, a bystander, or a bully? How do they want to be perceived. In a sense, what is their own personal brand?
My favorite author? I have an eclectic taste. My favorite classics author of all time is Jane Austen. Fantasy? Without a doubt, JK Rowling. As for contemporary authors, I have favorite stories of authors, but it seems I can’t latch onto a specific writer. For instance, I like Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star but I wasn’t a fan of Everything Everything. I liked John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars, but didn’t care for Paper Towns. Colleen Hoover? Hopeless. Judy Blume—Summer Sisters.
3) Brie does not have things easy in the book. Were you able to draw on personal experience for any part of her story?
My personal experience as a teacher has exposed me to so much as far as personal turmoil of my students. It has given me empathy and insight into the challenges of adolescence. Some things remain constant other trends come and go. But, social and emotional changes are huge in adolescence and sometimes their perception that their world is falling apart is all consuming to them.
4) If you could be part of any fictional family, which one would you want to jump into and why?
Wow, there are so many. The first family that comes to mind is Swiss Family Robinson, but eh… that might get old, the whole tree house on a deserted island thing. So, I think I’ll go with the ginger Weasley family. That would be awesome. A magical, large, close-knit family…yep, the Weasley family. Why? Loyalty, love, adventure, and magic.
5) Do you have a life motto or words to live by? If so, what is/are it/they?
I never thought about a motto to live by. But, I suppose I do try to live by The Golden Rule. And, it certainly has a thematic place in my novel Sublime Karma.
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