Divide by Zero….

17 Nov

Today I welcome back Sheila Deeth :). When I was just starting out with all these technical things and was (still am) really terrified, Sheila trusted me by being my very first ‘victim’ and has been a constant support to all my effort ever since. Bless you.
Today we are highlighting her latest release, Divide By Zero. Is that possible? Sheila would know because apart from being an author she also holds a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. She grew up in England but is now living in the States near Portland Oregon, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, telling stories and meeting her neighbors’ dogs on the green.
Over to Sheila to tell us more about her new book.
Once upon a time I wanted to write a novel. It was going to be about England in the Second World War, except this character who had nothing to do with the Second World War kept intruding and demanding I write about her. I started a science fiction novel instead and she reappeared. I began a few words of contemporary romance…
Meanwhile I was writing short stories online. I’d joined gather.com and lots of excellent groups of writers there offered inspirational prompts and invaluable comments. I wrote about a woman tied by duty to her mother while her son strove to gain his independence. I wrote about a man who was scared of cats, a small boy and girl walking hand in hand, a young mom wondering why pregnancy made her so tired. And that curious character, the one who kept insisting I write about her, she stayed far away until…
Somebody painted a picture of a guardian angel cat. I wondered why, and my character was back.
Divide by Zero grew out of these short stories. The characters each had their tales to tell and sweet Sylvia didn’t take over this time, just stayed in the background watching, waiting her turn. Somebody died—was I writing a murder mystery? The cats became broaches and turned into a symbol painted to heal the town. A girl I really cared about disappeared, and a man I thought I knew (inasmuch as such characters, being imagery, can ever be known) turned out to be totally different from how I’d believed. I walked the green talking to unseen friends (and my dog) and I wrote a timeline, an outline and a plot. Then I completed the novel.
Does Divide by Zero have a message? That you can’t go home. That you can’t be known. That nothing is ever totally how you believe it… And all of that’s okay. Even the worst of days gives way to tomorrow. Just as the graph of a function divided by zero becomes smooth and calm on the other side, so life goes on.
Meanwhile Sylvia’s still painting guardian angel cats. She still wants me to tell her tale and I think I’m finally ready. I’ve signed a contract with Stonegarden.net Publishing (publishers of Divide by Zero) and Infinite Sum is just waiting for editing and a publication date.

More info…
Divide by Zero, published in August 2012 by Stonegarden.net Publishing and available in paperback and e-book formats, is a novel of contemporary small-town life dealing with family relationships, love, redemption and the haunting effects of childhood trauma and abuse.

It takes a subdivision to raise a child, and a wealth of threads to weave a tapestry, until one breaks.
Troy, the garage mechanic’s son, loves Lydia, the rich man’s daughter. Amethyst has a remarkable cat and Andrea a curious accent. Old Abigail knows more than anyone else but doesn’t speak. And in Paradise Park a middle-aged man keeps watch while autistic Amelia keeps getting lost.
Pastor Bill, at the church of Paradise, tries to mend people. Peter mends cars. But when that fraying thread gives way it might take a child to raise the subdivision—or to mend it.

Divide by Zero is available from:
Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Divide-Zero-Sheila-Deeth/dp/1600763405/, http://www.amazon.com/Divide-by-Zero-ebook/dp/B0090NFH56/
Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/Divide-Zero-Sheila-Deeth/dp/1600763405/, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Divide-by-Zero-ebook/dp/B0090NFH56/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/divide-by-zero-sheila-deeth/1112782597
Powells http://www.powells.com/biblio/61-9781600763403-0
Waterstones http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/sheila+deeth/divide+by+zero/9420931/
W. H. Smiths http://www.whsmith.co.uk/Products/Divide-by-Zero+Paperback+9781600763403
And more.

Sheila can be found on her website: http://www.sheiladeeth.com
Find her books at http://www.sheiladeethbooks.com
Or connect with her on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sheila.deeth, http://www.facebook.com/SheilaDeethAuthor
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sheila-deeth/17/21b/3b9
Gather: http://smd.gather.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2853735.Sheila_Deeth
Blogger: http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sheiladeeth

Thank you so much for sharing with us today and we wish you loads of sales.

4 Responses to “Divide by Zero….”

  1. Sheila Deeth November 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today Anne, and it’s lovely to be back. It’s fun to see how the blogging and the writing keep moving forwards, despite our fears.

    • shirleyannhoward November 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Continued best wishes, Sheila. I think your writing is powerful and meaningful.

  2. Donna Fletcher Crow November 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful read, Sheila! I hope you still do your WWII novel!

  3. Sheila Deeth November 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Thank you! I haven’t looked at that WWII one for ages, but it does have a beginning and an end, and I have all the notes my Mum gave me… Yes, I should get back to that. (If only the days had more hours)

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