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My debut novel has a name!*

This is my YA novel about Lulu, a girl who will do anything to leave the mountains of southwestern Virginia. In a desperate attempt to leave behind a future of working in a junkyard, she convinces her friends to make and sell moonshine whiskey in order to pay for her college education. It’s about crossing lines and working hard and faith and destiny and falling in love for the first time. 

After many attempts and discussions and mind-swirling brainstorms regarding the title, we’ve settled on…

MY BEST EVERYTHING

It’s hard to talk about the title and what it means when my story hasn’t joined the world yet – and won’t until March 2015 – but I will say that I am really happy that it:

  1. comes from a line in the story
  2. has to do with Lulu’s feelings about her best friend
  3. has other meanings too
  4. is how I feel about it on a very personal level! I’ve worked really hard to make this my best work. 

And… If naming children was as hard as this was, my kiddos would be Things 1, 2, and 3. 

Sarah Tomp

WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK

*YA novel being published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, previously known as THE SHINE BETWEEN US – among other titles.

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As posted on Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf yesterday…

Bethany Strout at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has bought a debut novel, The Shine Between Us by Sarah Tomp. In the story, a girl will do anything to leave her small Appalachian town, including making and selling moonshine to finance her college education. But when she falls for a boy whose ties to the town run deep she must choose between him and the life she’s always dreamed of. Publication is set for fall 2014; Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management held the auction for North American rights.

Yay!

Couldn’t be more thrilled!

Having a debut novel to announce has been both a long time coming and a flash of wow.

I am incredibly grateful to so many – so very many – writer friends who have, in one way or another helped me to get to this moment. No way would I have done this on my own. Lucky for me, I know the best people in the world to have along on a tough journey.

But my agent, Catherine Drayton, was truly amazing in making this deal happen. I so appreciate her tenacious enthusiasm and confidence. She’s the flash of wow.

Sarah Wones Tomp

WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK

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