Jocelyn presents her debut novel, Etched in Shadow Hill Cemetery, co-authored with her lifelong friend, Sandy Fairbanks. Their summers spent together in Sandy’s hometown, North Brookfield, MA provided inspiration for this fiction story.
New Jersey wild-child Justine Andrews spends her summers in Eva Thompson’s sleepy Massachusetts town. Justine, an outspoken feminist, thrives on raising hell while skirting the law. Eva, a sheltered Catholic girl, teeters between obeying her cautious nature and abandoning restraint to revel in the excitement Justine creates. They forge a fiercely loyal bond spanning decades through juvenile pranks; first boyfriends; the era of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll; marriage; and beyond.
Will a man Eva trusted her entire life destroy her dreams for the future? Will Justine’s need for revenge lead them into serious danger? Exactly how far would you go for your best friend?
Set in the 1970s, this nostalgic coming-of-age story will make you laugh, cry, and root for the girls during their many adventures, growing pains, joys, and losses.
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Story Behind the Cover
About four years into writing the book, I wanted to put some sort of visual to the story. I had the idea of taking photos of two girls, posing as the main characters Justine and Eva, in the very cemetery that inspired the idea for the book. It turned out that my niece, Valerie, was a good fit for the description of Justine. Since she lives in North Brookfield, MA and I was traveling there with some frequency to work with my co-author, Sandy Fairbanks, I asked if she could find a friend who could be the Eva character. My thought was to do a photo shoot of the two of them in the cemetery, even though I had no idea how I’d ultimately use the pictures. We found clothes to dress the models, further creating the impression of the characters, then spent the afternoon getting numerous shots.
Often, during the remainder of the writing of the novel, I would find myself staring at the pictures I took that day of Valerie and Breanna, aka Justine and Eva, and imagining them in the scenarios that Sandy and I were creating. Picturing them in action, I would see those two girls facing life together, fighting for each other, learning and growing.
When it was time to think about the cover of the book, I knew that the picture of the two girls in the cemetery, surrounded by the headstones of long-deceased ancestors, was the one I wanted to use. While the title, Etched in Shadow Hill Cemetery, becomes clear through the narrative of the story, at first glimpse, what does it mean? It was imperative that the picture on the cover give some sort of context. So, when the artist returned his rendition to me, I was thrilled.