Thursday, November 9, 2017

"Unfinished" by Amy Snyder

by Amy Snyder

Unfinished by Amy Snyder

Unfinished by Amy Snyder is currently on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Mirabelle is a writer who just can't finish any of the stories she starts. When her twins leave home for college, they take with them Mirabelle’s sense of identity. As she strives to adjust to her empty nest she is visited by someone unexpected: a character from the very first novel she ever attempted to write.
Characters from all of her unfinished works begin to materialize in her home, in her car, at her job. They talk, yell, and some even throw things at her. Mirabelle can see them, smell them, touch them and though she knows they’re not real, she can’t help but engage them. She created them, after all. They become part of her daily life and she finds herself alternating between hiding them from and sharing them with her almost-always-doting husband, Alex.
Some of Mirabelle’s characters are like good friends, encouraging her to finish something she’s started. Others manipulate her for their own needs and story lines. Good and bad, these characters are part of her and Mirabelle discovers she needs to both fix and finish them before they destroy her life, her sanity, and her marriage.

Click below to read an excerpt.

Praise for the Book
"This book was a funny yet sentimental comment on the human condition. It made me smile, think, cry and reflect. As an insightful work of fiction, it echoes real life experience and is an insightful read at any age. I greatly enjoyed it!" ~ Jenine Bivona
"This book is imaginative and energetic. The premise is fresh and fun." ~ La Mer
"Loved it, got really engrossed in getting to know all the 'characters' and understanding how they played into the writers subconscience was cool. You are as anxious for their endings as they are." ~ Karen Gillis
"Interesting topic and characters. I love the juxtaposition between how we are grounded in every day life and yet, how important imagination is to truly living. Really good read! Pick this one up if you can." ~ Amazon Customer
"I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters and story enthralling. The book was difficult to put down. Would recommend Unfinished to all." ~ Amazon Customer

Guest Post by the Author
Characters as Friends
Unfinished is the story of Mirabelle, a writer who can’t seem to finish the novels she starts until her incomplete characters appear to her and encourage her or threaten her in various ways to motivate her to complete their stories.
Many of the characters that appear to Mirabelle in the book came from my own shelf of incomplete manuscripts. Some were recent. Some went back as far as my college days. And while none of my characters ever physically appeared to me like they did Mirabelle, they definitely hounded me.
Still, I have always considered my characters as friends. Kip, my free-spirited bartender, was written when I felt strangled by a difficult professional relationship. Emily, my long abandoned mother, was written when my kids were starting to grow their independence. Bad-boy, tortured soul Cody was written out of my own frustration with myself for not accomplishing anything.
They’ve always been there, keeping me company. Jumping into my thoughts. Late nights. Early mornings. They’re always with me. Always a part of me. I cry when they lose and rejoice when they win. And when they let me down, I know they had their reasons.
Getting into my characters' heads gives me the freedom to be more empathetic and compassionate in my own life. Understanding the motivations of my characters helps me to be more forgiving with my own friends.
Mirabelle is my closest imaginary friend of all. She knows more about me than I know about myself.

About the Author
Amy Snyder
Amy Snyder began writing when she realized the strange things that happened in her imagination were far more interesting than the things that happened in her real life. After earning her degree in Radio, Television, and Film from Northwestern University, she worked at a financial brokerage house, a nationally published magazine, an advertising agency, and most recently, an elementary school as a Math Tutor, Substitute Teacher, and Library Paraprofessional.
But she’s always been a writer.
Amy lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut, with her husband, two teenage children, and two cats. While she has been known to talk out loud to the characters she’s writing, she hasn’t had an actual hallucination ... yet.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win on of five ebook copies of Unfinished by Amy Snyder.