Sunday, November 30, 2014

In the Press: Dismantling Evan, Teen Fiction Tackles Heavy Social Issues and Tragedies of our Time

Dismantling Evan will be releasing very soon and I have had many questions about the storyline. I wanted to be candid with those of you that are intrigued by the blurb and what I have displayed on FB, Twitter, this blog, about the novel.
 One, it is a book that will stick with you resonate with you on many levels. Two, while there is tragedy, there are also rays of light. Three, this is a love story in multiple ways; parents love for a child, brother's love, the love of friends, and first loves.  Four, Dismantling Evan goes places with teen social issues that have not been addressed before in this type of combination. 

I am releasing this to the press this week as well and I wanted to share it with you.  Dismantling Evan has been a journey for me as a writer, a member of society, a parent, and friend.  I can't wait to share Evan's story with you in January.  
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New Release in Teen Contemporary Fiction Tackles Heavy Social  Issues: 
Venessa Kimball’s Latest Novel Captures  First Loves, Mental Illness, 
School Violence, Social Stigmas and Tragedies Teens are Faced with Today 
Austin, Texas. December 1, 2014-
~Life is unstable. What will be the trigger to dismantle it?~ 
The tagline alone leaves you wondering whom and what will be dismantled in the seemingly unstable life of the characters author Venessa Kimball has developed in this timely and poignant work of literary fiction. The novel is Dismantling Evan and it will resonate with anyone who has been a teen, is a teen, or is raising teens in western society. 
While Kimball's setting is a fictional town in central Texas, the characters, the events, and the dismantlement of this community is very real in our society. It is not uncommon for teen fiction to be peppered with situations of first loves, social unrest, bullying, and suicide. Venessa has seized a timely and relevant combination of social stigmas present in the lives of teens and the potential tragedies triggered from them that  no other author has yet attempted. She says her influence for this story had been building for years and with epidemics of school violence and tragedies only on the rise, she could no longer keep this story contained. "Virginia Tech, Columbine, Sandy Hook are a few instances of school violence ending in tragedy. Each one I watched play out through the media, I found myself wanting to know why this happened and what were the triggers leading to the tragedies for both the suspects and the victims." 
Kimball admits surprises of who the victims and suspects were prior to the tragedy helped her to see the victimization of all involved. "How could a suspect be a victim is somewhat controversial to say, especially when their have been lives taken, communities and nations changed forever. However, after research and learning more about the underlying triggers that had contributed to the dismantlements in each of these acts of violence among teens, I knew I had to share it with our society through a story about teens in the moment, living life before a dismantlement like this." 
Venessa says some of the triggers are ones our society doesn't readily understand, accept, or tolerate, and are usually kept secret among families due to the social stigma they hold. One of these triggers is the instance of teen mental illness and mental disorders. She addresses this trigger through the eyes of the main character in her novel, Evan "Evangeline" Phillips.
Multiple types of bullying, family dynamics being dysfunctional and at times detached, finding first loves among the intolerance, the effects of war in the middle east among one family, alienation and ostracization within the teen social caste system in a typical Western society high school are just a handful of the additional triggers in Kimball's novel. It is no small feat to encompass multiple teen social pathologies into one novel, but Kimball has achieved and superseded this expectation in this well paced work of literary fiction that must to be read by both teens and adults alike. "Among the unavoidable dismantling tragedy in this novel, there is humor, love, angst, budding mental illness, social pressures, self-discovery, coming of age moments, and rays of hope for these characters. The rays of hope pose potential solutions to keep these tragic dismantlements from happening. What are the solutions? Well, I leave that knowledge for the reader to discover and determine."
Dismantling Evan will release on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback copy January 13, 2015. Venessa Kimball is an International Best Selling Author known for her paranormal sci-fi series, Piercing the Fold (Available on Amazon). She is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin and currently resides in Austin, Texas with her family. 

Title: Dismantling Evan 
Author: Venessa Kimball
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing 

Release: January 13, 2015

Dismantling Evan Blurb: 
When high school senior Evangeline "Evan" Phillips moves half way across the country with her parents to a quaint town in Texas, it should be a chance to start over.
It should be. 
Typical of Evan, she doesn’t share her parents’ optimism. Always the loner, she is prepared to hide behind work at the school newspaper until graduation. That is the seemingly bulletproof plan until she meets her new neighbors, Gavin and Brody Ferguson. 
The more Evan gets to know her neighbors, their band of friends, and frenemies, the more unsettling her new high school and community gets in Braxton Springs, Texas.
As Evan unwittingly digs deeper into the lives of those around her, her own skeletons begin to surface leaving her vulnerable and scrambling to keep her own sanity and reputation. Will Evan be able to get control over her spiraling secrets while discovering friendship and love for the first time?
Or will the issues and pressures of life as a band of not-so-average teens in a very typical high school become too much, resulting in the tragic dismantlement of an entire community and Evan herself? 
Dismantling Evan is a fresh and edgy work of literary fiction that snapshots how life as a teen in modern society can be unstable and the social issues and pressures revolving around them can tip the fleeting stability of  society over the edge.

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