IN STRANGE COMPANY.
Clare Peterson is rich, confident and beautiful, but even she knows money can’t rescue her from her loneliness. As an unremarkable year draws to an end, she is shipped off to a ski trip in the company of strangers; her father’s idea of love, but a torture in her mind. But strangers are the least of Clare’s problems as an accident on route leaves many dead and a few injured, leaving Clare with little choice but to endure the company of three other survivors: a mute, a joker, and a guy-next-door whose advances are anything but subtle.
Will Clare come out of this ordeal unscathed, or will she find that perhaps there is a cure for her loneliness yet or even love? After all, survival in a cold, snowy mountain with three handsome men can’t be that difficult, can it?
It’s been years in the making. From the moment I started scribbling away in class at school, till I finished with ‘The End’ at Uni. It’s been a long, and unbelievably hard and challenging road to say the least, nursing this dream of being published since I was 12.
It all started with a SSR (sustained silence reading) class after lunch in New Zealand. A 20 minute period where students weren’t allowed to speak at all. We had to do our school work, or read a book. On a day I didn’t have either with me and stared out the window at four students cleaning up school grounds as part of their class’s clean up turn. The teacher suggested that I take out a pen and paper and write something, anything. I guess I simply imagined the four students treading concrete, and placed them in a snowy mountain, lost and alone. It was meant to be nothing more than what a blurb on a book would be…
What an unassuming start to a story. I had started out thinking it would be at most 5-6 pages, but when the pages turned into 50 and continued rising but the story was nowhere near the end I continued writing. Excitedly, might I add, since my first attempt at a novel was two years earlier at the age of 12 when I was still transitioning from Nepali to English.
I don’t remember who the students were that day inspiring characters that lead to a story except one, an old friend. He became Brandon, the mute-guy with a mysterious air about him. The other two boys took on the role of Jack and Matthew; the joker and the guy-next-door. Clare, the main character, she filled out the anonymous girl on that courtyard, and she was a delight to see unfold. She was the one character who was undefined at the start.
So, here is a slice of my past, something I grew up with, or something that grew with me. Either way, I’ve been nervous and ridiculously anxious about letting the world read it, scared of the critiques. However, I believe if a story has been written, then it must be read. No point in hiding it away, in which case, I may as well stop writing. Without further ado here is the link to the eBook on Amazon: In Strange Company