Provided by Karen Robbins
Thoughts & Prayers, a novel co-authored by Dumfries resident K.P. Robbins under the pseudonym Lee Anne Post, has been scheduled for publication on Oct. 26 by Milford House, an imprint of Sunbury Press.
In the story, straight-A student Lily Jeong sneaks her manipulative boyfriend into Rockwell High, believing he’ll get revenge for her recent public humiliation. But he breaks his promise that no one will get hurt, and minutes later, fourteen people are dead.
Robbins had been meeting weekly in a writing group with Tara Bell of Charles Town, West Va., and Catherine Baldau and Ginny Fite of Harpers Ferry, West Va., for four years when they decided to collaborate on a novel about a school shooting. In early 2018, they met to discuss the plot and the characters. Weeks later, the Parkland, Fla., massacre took place.
“We purposefully did not name the city or state in which our story takes place,” said Robbins, “because such shootings can take place anywhere. Our story is fictional, but the courage of the Parkland survivors motivated us as we worked our way through a year of drafts and revisions, and another year of rejections from agents and publishers.”
Stories by the co-authors have appeared in numerous journals, and individually, they have published nine novels.
For more information, go to thenovelthoughtsandprayers.com.