It’s been seventeen years since the day I knew I would be a published author.
It wasn’t a dream. It wasn’t a maybe. It was a fact.
I would make it happen, I just didn’t know how.
Fast forward to today. THE DAY.
Alongside my amazing publisher, I’m beyond thrilled/excited/alittlebitvomity to announce that you can now PREORDER the Kindle version of my novel, Unkept.
And very soon (March 2nd), the PRINT version will be available for purchase!
I’ve been working with an amazing group of women to polish this bad boy right up and make it something worth reading.
And together, I know we have something that will wow the pants right off of you.
Hopefully, you’re wearing underwear.
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: March 2, 2015 from Bannerwing Books
AMAZON KINDLE PRE-ORDER: http://bit.ly/UnkepteBook
GOODREADS LINK: http://bit.ly/UnkeptOnGoodreads
THE PREMISE: As the live-in manager at her father’s funeral home in Burling Gates, Missouri, Vienna Oaks has succumbed to the mediocrity and abject loneliness of her life. Her days are suspended between the mundane and the misery of her clients’ throttling grief, of changing light bulbs, and encountering strangers as bereft as she. But after orchestrating the funeral for a little boy named Parker prompts a severe panic attack, she finds herself at a personal crossroads in which she is forced to confront the pregnancy she’s been hiding, her childhood nemesis, the boy she never stopped loving, and the deep-seated secret surrounding her mother’s death more than a decade before.
In another part of town, Heather Turnbull has just learned from her estranged father that her mother, a lifelong recluse, has died. When making arrangements for her funeral, Heather chooses Oaks Family Funeral home, where she comes face to face with Vienna – the woman she tortured throughout grade school, the woman who has recently had an affair with her husband.
Together, Vienna and Heather navigate through a makeshift friendship born of
circumstance and devised to assuage their ambivalence towards motherhood and their
tenuous relationship with reality, discovering, in tandem, the art of forgiveness and the
will to go on.
With humor and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept, explores the thorny
landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls — and the
adults they become.
A GINORMOUS thank you in advance to everyone who reads Unkept and hopefully reviews it. You are my lifeblood, folks. Without you, there would be no words worth writing, so please know this: you are amazing, you are wonderful and you are appreciated more than you know.
Love, glitter and felines,