Léna Roy was raised in NYC, in the cloistered environs of a theological seminary, with extracurricular education provided by Manhattan’s club scene. When not writing, she’s worked as a bartender, an actor, and with at-risk adolescents in Utah, California and NYC. She now lives with her husband and three children in Northern Westchester. Edges is her first novel.
Stay tuned after Léna’s guest post for information on how you can win a copy of Edges!
Balance, a beautiful word. I love how the flat “a” sound sandwiches the “l”. Balance is a condition that I am constantly striving for, so it is eerily appropriate that I get to write about it for my guest post!
Balance: to make items weigh up, to make concepts agree, to be in equilibrium .
How do all of the pieces of our worlds fit together? And how do we keep our center when one entity demands more attention than the other, tipping the scale? I think that we all have more than enough to juggle – I have my family, a new transition from the city to a small town, house renovations, teaching, writing, and making my debut as a novelist! In fact, I could probably write a novella about all of this, so I will focus on psychic balance, as that is what I need to keep everything else from spinning out of control.
Indeed, this is a theme at the heart of Edges as we watch two teens deal with the fall-out from addiction, Luke: running from his alcoholic father, Ava: trying to make sense of her own alcohol dependence. Striving for psychic balance is another way of striving for some kind of faith, whether it’s in God, or yourself. The contrasting landscapes are an important feature in their search for picking up their missing pieces.
Many of us do not have lives that are affected by addiction, but we all have that yearning for wholeness in common with Luke and Ava. I know that I do.
It’s incredibly nerve-wracking, waiting for the birth of a book, and of myself as an “author”. Being published is only the first step – we also have to be proactive about getting books into the hands of readers! I have vacillated between excitement and anxiety, hoping to get to a Zen place of non-attachment. Equilibrium.
These past few weeks, gearing up for my book’s birthday, I have been writing letters to God every morning, asking my Higher Power to be with me on this rollercoaster ride. Taking that action daily has helped me to stay focused on gratitude, and letting go of the results of the fruits of my labors, of things that I can’t control.
And of course, working on the next project! I have two completed manuscripts now, both ready for another round of revision. Writing is the best way I know of to keep my thinking in balance. My psyche learns how to adjust itself through playing with language, and knowing that I only improve with daily practice.
What a gorgeous way to wrap up our week of balance, Léna! Thank you for coming by.
Edges is a story of love and grief, addiction and redemption, set in both NYC’s Upper West Side and in the red rock desert of Moab, Utah. More information is available at Léna’s site. You can read about the inspiration for Edges in her gorgeous author statement!
Léna is giving away a copy of Edges – just leave a comment to enter (be sure to include your e-mail address!). Talk about what balance means to you, or just say hello!
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