A Void the Size of the World
Author: Rachele Alpine
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: A haunting novel about a girl who must face the consequences after her actions indirectly lead to her sister’s disappearance.
Rhylee didn’t mean to kiss her sister’s boyfriend. At least, not the first time. But it doesn’t matter, because her sister, Abby, caught them together, ran into the dark woods behind their house…and never came home.
As evidence mounts that something terrible has happened to Abby, no one wants to face the truth. Rhylee can’t bring herself to admit what she’s done: that she is the reason her sister ran away. Now Tommy, Abby’s boyfriend, is the prime suspect in her disappearance, and Rhylee’s world has been turned upside down. Slowly, Rhylee’s family is breaking—their lives center on the hope that Abby will return. Rhylee knows they need to face the truth and begin healing—but how can they, when moving on feels like a betrayal? And how do you face the guilt of wishing a person gone…when they actually disappear?
What is Your Writing Process Like?
My writing process is one that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone! It’s scattered, crazy, and I’m usually amazed that I develop a coherent story out of it!
First, I hand write my scenes.I have notebooks full of my first drafts and always carry one around so I can sneak in writing when I have a few spare minutes.I like the idea of creating with a pen first, and handwriting also helps because I can’t go back and self-edit. My only goal is to move forward, so I don’t worry about having a neat draft. In
fact, I’ll write the same sentence multiple times to test it out or stop in the middle o something and bullet point instead.There’s no rhyme or reason to this early drafting, but that’s why it works.
I usually don’t write in order.I write scenes that come to me, which helps from keeping away writer’s block. I’ll write and write until all my ideas are out of me. I’ll next type everything up and then make note cards with a short description of each scene. I lay it out in order to see what I have. I then go back and write scenes that might be missing and try to fill in those spaces with scenes. I also have a giant wall in my office, so if I need to, I’ll hang everything up there so I can stand in front of it and see how the story moves.
After that, I’ll actually type the whole book over again. It may sound nuts, but it helps me piece everything together and make it read smoothly. From there, it’s lots and lots of editing. I’ll edit both by reading through the document and printing out copies to write on, depending on what I’m trying to focus on.
And then somehow, some way, a book emerges from all of that craziness!
Rachele Alpine is a lover of binge watching reality TV, dogs, knitting, gummy peaches, and lots and lots of coffee!
One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit.
By day she’s a high school English teacher, by night she’s a mom and wife, and she writes during any time she can find in between!
Rachele lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.
1 Finished Copy of A Void the Size of the World