Find Me by Kelly Gunderman
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Can you ever truly love someone who robbed you of everything?
Sixteen-year-old Claire Williams spends most of her days feeling angry and alone. After a car accident took her mother and Claire’s ability to walk, life in a wheelchair is the new normal.
When she’s sent to live with her grandmother, away from school and friends, Claire has a chance for a fresh start. Just when Claire thinks she can handle things, she runs into Todd – the son of the man who caused the car accident.
At first, Claire wants nothing to do with him, but the more time they spend together, the more she hates to admit her feelings. She’s slowly falling in love with Todd.
Now, Claire’s father wants to move and take Claire with him. But she can’t go. Not now when everything is falling into place, and she’s just now finding herself. Claire’s defiant. She won’t leave Greenwood, her new friends, her grandmother, or Todd.
Can Claire find the strength to let her dad go on with his life while leaving her behind to live hers, or will she allow the guilt and shame of surviving the accident pull her back under?
If I Knew Then What I Know Now About Writing
When I first started writing Finding Me, I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that I wanted to write a novel. I’m such an avid reader (especially of young adult), and I had been reviewing books on my blog for a few years, so I thought hey, I know what I like and what to avoid in terms of tropes, characters, and relationships, so I’m sure I can write a book super easily!
I was wrong on that front!
Finding Me didn’t come about that easily at all. I spent days just perfecting character interactions, character development, and settings. Sure, I was able to get that rough draft down pretty fast, but the countless edits on it took weeks. I had to go back and reread multiple parts of the novel countless times so I could be sure I wasn’t repeating myself or that I had details correct. I wrote the book chapter by chapter, without an outline, so I was always open as to where I wanted to go with it. I think that made it a bit harder to write, though, because I was never sure about a chapter until I was actually writing it.
That being said, there are two things I wish I had known about writing before I started with Finding Me.
The first thing I wish I had known then is make sure you create a darn outline! It makes writing so much easier when you have a good idea where you want to go with the story instead of just winging it. Sure, it might be fun to be open to new possibilities, but outlines aren’t ever set in stone, either. In fact, when I was writing the last three books after Finding Me, I’ve used outlines – and I’ve changed them quite a bit as I went along. Organization while writing is an important tool that helps you keep track of all your ideas so you don’t forget them.
The second thing I wish I had known then that I know now is not to expect to complete a rough draft and then say “My book is finished!” It totally isn’t. I had to go through each chapter at least twenty times to perfect it, and change so many things about the overall manuscript so that it all worked out right in the end. All in all, I spent way more time editing the book than I did actually writing it. It’s truly a process (and an incredibly memorable one). That being said, I loved every step of the writing process, and it’s such a feeling of accomplishment every time you get one step down!
Kelly Gunderman was born a child of the late eighties in small-town Pennsylvania. A bibliophile in her own right, she is hoping to one day surpass the number of pages she has turned with those she has written of her own accord.
Having recently completed her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development, Kelly suddenly found herself with a bit more free time than usual, and began her immediately successful foray into blogging and Freelance Writing, which subsequently led to her renewed desire to finally put her ideas and imaginings “on paper.”
Focusing primarily on the Young Adult genre, Kelly has recently finished and her first novel, Finding Me, which is set to be published in early 2019 by Swoon Romance.
She currently resides in her original home town with her husband, their two daughters, and a few cats that constantly challenge the sanity of all with their ill-advised attempts at what can only be assumed to be world domination.