It’s Been A While…

It’s been a while since I published anything. And I know you might have some questions, given this new book. I anticipate one of them might be “Where is Matt & Daisy?”.  I wrote a post to cover that, here. Or maybe: How does For Britta relate to Safe With Me? If those articles don’t answer your questions, maybe this will: Susie is writing to the baby in her belly. That baby is the same girl shown in the Safe With Me epilogue. She is named Britta, after the town where she was conceived, where Susie was living when Tyler found her at the end. On bed rest, with Britta due in a few weeks, Susie uses her time to relay memorable lessons from her youth. In the first chapter, she tells Britta, “I’m writing this so you’ll know the truth about me, and you won’t have to create your own theories based on gossip, or what others may show you online.” Many rumors haunt Susie. Enough that, after the right kind of digging, Susie’s nemesis, Kate, was able to put together a lengthy note, which she published on Facebook, if you’ll recall. Susie has the financial means to manage her online reputation, but that’s merely a deterrent, not a solution. Susie wants to set Britta straight on those rumors so she won’t believe what one of Tyler’s nosy relatives may show her online. And since Susie has a friend who just died a few months after having her first baby, she knows how short life can be, and she wants to use her time wisely, passing along the stories...

How ‘For Britta’ relates to ‘Safe With Me’

I know it’s been a while since I published Safe With Me, and certain events may have slipped readers’ memories. In For Britta, Susie expands upon (among other things) the background from these two scene snippets in the last part of Safe With Me:   Tyler, Tuesday, February 1, 2011 (A phone call after she’s released from a night in jail). She produced a painful sigh. “Tyler, please drop it. I appreciate your anger but seriously, I just need it to be over.” Another sigh. “I’m sure you read that note she posted. I don’t like going to court. It brings back some really bad memories. I’m so ashamed that everybody knows about it now.” “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” I waited while she cried again. It made me want to cry, too. How could anyone be so heartless, putting all of someone’s life out there like Kate did? Everybody now knew that when Susie was fourteen, she and two other girls her age were involved in some kind of scandal involving nude pictures and video taken by her pastor’s son, a guy named Elliot Haney, who had just graduated from seminary. Since the girls were all under age they were witnesses at a trial and their names weren’t listed in the public court records but we assumed from other things we read that the people in her town knew who the girls were. We found old newspaper articles about the trial online. Corbie and Michael said they recognized a second guy involved who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge: Jerry Lyons. They were pretty sure he was the tattooed guy who...

For Britta, Volume One

For Britta, Volume One by Shaina Richmond Now Available at: Amazon, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Paperback Description In her final month of pregnancy, Susie uses her time on bed rest to relay tales of her life to her soon-to-be-born daughter, Britta. Susie was fifteen years old when her mother passed away. Five years later, she learned that her paternity was a lie. Motivated by the recent loss of a friend, Susie starts a journal with the hope that, in the unfortunate case of her own untimely passing, her precious daughter will not be forced to draw her own conclusions about her mother’s life. Susie’s thoughts turn to the summer of 1999, when she was a fourteen-year-old outcast. As punishment, her father sends her to church camp where she encounters the boy who ruined her reputation with lies the previous summer. When he goes too far to get her attention, a twenty-three-year-old hero named Jerry Lyons steps in, sweeping Susie off her feet in the process. After a few private talks in his cabin, Susie leaves camp desperately in love with Jerry, and hopeful that he will overlook her age and give her a chance to be more than his secret friend, but he soon breaks her heart. Susie is distracted from her pain when she lands her first job, working alongside her mother, Priscilla. With her domineering father out of town, Susie gets closer to Priscilla and learns surprising new information about her.   Page count The page count for part one is 266. I plan to make each part at least 220 pages, and I...

Blog news

I realized today that I hadn’t written a new blog post here in months. When I looked back at the blog posts that lingered here, I realized most of them had outdated information, or they represented opinions that I felt strongly about at the time but serve no useful purpose anymore. I’d rather have “no blog” than “a blog with outdated posts.” This realization came after I received an email from a reader who wanted to know if I was still writing. She thought I wasn’t, since my blog hadn’t been updated in so long.  It never occurred to me that someone might think because I don’t blog, it means I’m no longer writing. I fully believe that all readers really want from the authors they enjoy are “more books.”  Blog posts with philosophies, ideas, strong opinions?  Nah. I will continue to interact with my readers on Facebook and via email.  There’s a small chance I will add some new features to this website in the future to increase communication with those who desire it.  They know who they are. 🙂   Shaina     Added 7/14/12  I decided to update this “final” post instead of creating a new one that would go out on the RSS feed and make someone think there was something important here. In response to some recent questions about what I’m working on and why I don’t blog anymore: Why don’t I blog anymore?  I think it’s answered above, but it’s also because I don’t have time. Are you busy writing sequels to Safe With Me? Not at the moment, but soon.  I’m currently...