CH Armstrong (CathieArms on QT) has signed with agent Tina Schwartz of The Purcell Agency, LLC.
Like many teens, Abby Lunde has a bucket list. Her bucket list includes:
- Finish high school
- Get a college degree
- Find a good-paying job
- Buy her first home
- Never be homeless again
At 17, Abby and her family are living on the streets. Floating between sleeping in her family’s van, moving in and out of homeless shelters, and even squatting in the basement of a nearby church after hours, Abby strives to live a normal life as a high school senior with dreams of going to college and pursuing a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving and, as most kids know well, so are many teenagers.
The only thing Abby wants more than a permanent roof over her head is to keep her shameful secret from her friends. But secrets seldom remain hidden forever. When her arch-nemesis discovers Abby and her family eating at a local soup kitchen, she maliciously announces it to the world through Facebook. Abby is certain her life is over. How can her friends possibly understand, and how will she manage to face them ever again?
IN MY SHOES is a contemporary young adult novel that blends the happily-ever-after of Disney’s "Cinderella" with the harsh realities of life as seen in popular titles like Rainbow Rowell’s "Eleanor and Park." Inspired by the lessons of Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird," it features quirky sidekicks and a precocious six-year-old sister to bring humor to the otherwise serious topic of teen homelessness. Complete at 87,000 words, this novel features a strong supporting LGBTQ character, and defies the tired trope that parents (especially stepparents) are villains.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, I hold a B.A. in Journalism/News Communications and am the author of the forthcoming historical fiction novel, "The Edge of Nowhere," coming January 19, 2016, by Penner Publishing. I am a regular columnist for "Rochester Women" magazine; a prolific reader; a 15-year book club member; the administrator of a dynamic book discussion group on Facebook; and an avid blogger with a strong following.