Today Julie Cross stopped by the blog to share some of the gymnasts that inspired her characters in Letters to Nowhere. First of all, can you believe these girls can do this? Secondly, can you believe JULIE can do this? I can't even touch my toes.
Karen's teammate and bff, Blair reminds me of dare devil and taller-than-average gymnast and 1996
Karen's youngest teammate, Ellen is the spitting image of a young Dominique Moceanu
And Karen, to me, is probably closest to 2012 Olympian McKayla Maroney except with a little more red in her hair. She even does McKayla's famous vault
And of course, I have to add a little bit of the boy to this post. When Falling Skies actor, Connor Jessup had his big body morphing moment where he went from geeky boy to super hot stuff last summer, I was writing LtN and I just knew he was my Jordan Bentley. Just ignore the...you know, guns and aliens and stuff:
About the Book
Her family may be shattered, but her dreams aren't...
From the International Bestselling Author of the Tempest series
A Mature YA contemporary set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics. Grief, love and pursuing dreams are at the forefront of this emotionally powerful coming-of-age story.
Seventeen year old Karen Campbell has just lost both her parents in a tragic car accident. Grief stricken and alone, her gymnastics coach opens his home to Karen, providing her a place to live while she continues to train, working toward a spot on the world championship team.
Coach Bentley’s only child, seventeen year old Jordan is good-looking and charming enough to scare away a girl like Karen—someone who has spent ten times more hours on balance beams and uneven bars than talking or even thinking about boys. But the two teens share a special connection almost immediately. It turns out Jordan has a tragic past of his own, grief buried for years.
As Karen’s gymnastics career soars, her nightmares and visions of the horrible accident grow in strength. She can only avoid facing her grief for so long before it begins to surface and ultimately spin out of control in a very dangerous way. Can discovering love and lust (simultaneously) help with the grieving process or will it only provide a temporary distraction while waiting for reality to hit full force.
I live in central Illinois with my wonderful husband and three kids currently between the ages of 7 and 12 (the kids not the husband). My writing journey began in May, 2009 with a short story in a notebook.
Within a year, I had written seven (some good some God-awful) young adult novels. Not being a college graduate and having spent the previous fifteen years teaching gymnastics and working as a YMCA Program Director for Recreational Gymnastics, professional writing wasn't in my plans. Not even close. But ever since the day I started that short story, I haven't been able to stop. It was love at first sight.
After about a year of writing, I had a three book deal with St. Martin's Press, and a film option with Summit Entertainment. Crazy, right? I know. It wasn't until August of 2011 that I quit working full time in order to be at home with my kids more and of course, write more. My young adult time travel debut novel, Tempest, released on January 17, 2012. The rest of my personal story remains unwritten.
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