This is the question I get asked most frequently. And I like that, because it forces me to come up with a synopsis. Or at least a working synopsis. So, this is the tagline I came up with early on:
"Ana J. Awakens is the story of a woman who releases mediocrity and begins a quest for truth, life, spirit, adventure, and passion."
Yawn. I know. Terrible. Boring. So I'd like to tell you a little more... while I craft a better synopsis. It's hard to write a synopsis, while your work is in progress. But here's what I CAN tell you...
Ana Jolivet (AH-NA JOE-LEE-VET) was born and raised in upstate New York. She bears the last name of her mother, who was a spitfire of a jazz singer in New Orleans in her glory days. In her 39th year, Ana's mother, Olivia Jolivet, left her husband and daughter to reclaim her passion. Ana, on the flipside, had always led a predictable life. Pleasant, not exciting. Just the norm. She spent her time doing what her friends did: school, shopping, partying, dating. She did go to college for a while, but dropped out, and found herself stuck working in a greasy-spoon diner. And boy, does she hate it, yet, she accepts it.
She has a track record of dating and/or falling for, musicians, and the last relationship, the real thing or so she thought, didn't end well. Dreamy Steve, the guitar playing singer/songwriter, left her to move to the city (Manhattan). She was crushed. She found herself slipping deeper and deeper into monotony and boredom. She slept through her own life and found her refuge in books...reading about the adventures of others.
One day, Steve, home to visit his family, stops in to see Ana while she is working a shift at the diner. She is jaded and still smitten, the feelings come rushing back; while he is open and shimmering, and full of life. He is confident, driven, kind, and dazzling. They catch up, and Ana learns all about his life outside of the trees, hawks, malls and mountains of her hometown. In an earnest moment, he asks her a question, one simple question: "what do you want?" And this is the catalyst that sets her on a journey of the self; the moment that changes everything.
Ana gets to take a hard, honest look at herself: what she believes, what she thinks, what she wants in her life. Who she wants in her life. And just as she travels within, she spreads her wings and travels outside her hometown. To places new and familiar, and she meets new and interesting people. Some of whom are teachers and have a lesson to share. Some of whom are friends to confide in. Some of whom bring a needed passion and romance into her life. And with every step, she goes deeper and deeper into her true self. She keeps a journal of revelations and lessons she learns along the way, insights that echo each new step in her journey, such as:
Falling apart can be a good thing
Have faith that the answers will come
Feel the fear and do it anyway
So Ana's story is a journey; a true awakening. Of the self, of the soul... and as it comes through me I feel that it will speak to many of us, who are all on some type of journey in this life. This is a bit of a genre-buster. It's not a self-help book. It's not a romance novel. It's not anything that's been written before, it doesn't aim to fit inside a box. It is a pure creation from my heart and soul, and I can't wait to share it with you when it's finished. xoxo