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Title: SUBLIME KARMA
Author: Peyton Garver
Pub. Date: May 28, 2017
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Formats: Paperback eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads
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? This is an edgy YA with issues of bullying, self harm, and attempted suicide...with an HEA ending.
Interview with Author Peyton Garver:
1) Did you have to do any research for Sublime Karma?
I did. There are few subjects I researched. Well, the first I guess we can call it a consultation. I have two hearing impaired characters, and I wanted to make sure I got them right. So, I actually consulted with two deaf seniors and a deaf teacher at a local high school. They proofread scenes with my deaf character, Trevor and my HOH character, Gregg. I did have to make a few subtle changes with texting and the ASL that I incorporated into my novel. Afterwards, I ended up taking a summer beginner ASL class for teachers and would love to go on to the next level.
Another subject I needed to research was teen depression, self-harm, and suicide. I did some internet research, spoke with a social worker, and interviewed a registered nurse who worked at Shepherd Pratt, a mental health facility in Baltimore.
Lastly, I wanted to get the dynamics of high school life right. Being a teacher in the secondary schools, you’d think that would be easy for me. But I did turn to a resource called Materminds and Wingmen to get the dynamics of a close-knit group of teen guys right. In general it addresses different roles in a group and that comes out somewhat in Sublime Karma. I didn’t want the story to be too stereotypical, but the personalities of my characters come across as distinct. For instance, you’ll find Marcus as humorous, Jake as a leader, Troy as Jake’s “wingman.”
2) What was your favorite scene to write in Sublime Karma and why?
Wow, that’s a tough question and I’m torn between a scene with Jake and Ari in her bedroom at the beginning of the novel, a scene between Jake and Brie at the hospital when they really get to know each other, or the scene with Brie and her brother where they reflect on their childhood. Each of those scenes go deep into the heart of why the characters are like they are. But, I guess my favorite scene to write was the suicide attempt. And, without any spoilers I can say that it’s because of the challenge of keeping the tension while still including the technical aspects, emotions, and dialogue to keep the event realistic.
3) Who was your favorite character to write?
As the story progressed I think my favorite character to write was Ari…surprise, surprise. She’s a major secondary character. I actually really like all of my characters and I tried to add depth to all of them. There is a reason why they are like they are. Jake is compassionate, Brie is an introvert and suffers from depression and self-harm, Ryan seems cocky, Marcus is the funny guy, Trevor is just plain adorable, but Ari is really complex. She holds a lot in and tries to come across as confident. She’s candid with people, but she also has a really private, dark side. I’m planning to write a novella about Ari and bring out why she is like she is in kind of a sequel/prequel. It will be a story told through her therapy where she faces her demons.
4) What inspired you to write this book?
I’m a teacher in a secondary school. My inspiration comes from my students, their frustrations, tribulations, challenges, and sometimes shortcomings. Everyone has a story and I’ve seen the varied personalities and stereotypes, but what I really wanted to do was bring forth a realistic story about teen depression without glorifying things like self-harm and suicide. That was tough to do and I hope I succeeded.
5) What was the hardest character to write in Sublime Karma?
The hardest character for me to write was Jake. I wanted him to come across in the beginning as kind of stand-offish, but loyal to those he really cared about. I wanted him to grow as a character from being self-centered to someone who could reach out and make a difference. Showing gradual character growth was a challenge. By my reviews, it seems I was successful in that.
As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it's no stretch to say she's outnumbered.
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 winner will receive TWO signed a finished copies of SUBLJME KARMA 1 for them and one for the high school of the winner's choice to be dedicated in their name and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.