Beyond the Horizon was born during the 2009 National Novel Writing Month. For those unfamiliar with that, it’s a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It’s a great way to get words on paper and that’s just what I needed. I really didn’t know what to write when I began but Katie’s story soon emerged.
What started as a simple romance, became my attempt to understand my daughter’s struggle with an abusive relationship. I wanted to discover what made my characters tick. Especially, Rick, Katie’s abuser. I also wanted to understand how Katie felt and why she stayed with him so long. I hoped writing this story would finally help me find peace with my daughter’s life choices.
Of course, I wanted Katie to find happiness and Josh became the perfect fit. Still hurting from his wife’s death, he resisted his desire for her. In addition, she couldn’t trust anybody. But what’s a love story without a happily ever after?
When you write that many words in a month with no plan, there are many revisions. You add and subtract words and scenes until you have what you think is a finished novel. Then the critique groups and beta readers get a shot at it before you start the query process.
I was pretty lucky (although, it didn’t seem like it when those rejections came). I only have twelve ‘no thanks’ letters. I’ve heard of a lot worse. And I landed with a very supportive publisher, Breathless Press. I can’t thank them enough for all their kind and generous help.
When Katie Sullivan makes the hasty decision to run away from an abusive relationship, she has no clue what is ahead of her. She only knows it has to be better than her life up to now. Her boyfriend is a powerful drug dealer who will stop at nothing to get her back. She knows too much. Car trouble leaves her stranded in the middle of Kansas, with little money, and a growing fear of failure.
Widower Josh Warner works and lives on an elderly couples’ farm. He juggles the responsibilities of raising his young son and his passion for the rodeo. Unable to let go of his deceased wife’s memory and on the rebound from a misguided affair, he has no desire for another relationship. But, when Katie appears out of nowhere, everything changes.
Against all reason, Katie and Josh find themselves drawn to each other. If the past catches up to them, their newfound passion, and their lives could be in jeopardy. Can their love win against the evil headed their way?
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Wanda Kay Fittro lives in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Southwest Missouri. Born and raised in a small town community, gave her an appreciation for that lifestyle, and provides the inspiration for her novels. A love affair with books started early on while reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the bed covers. She won the prestigious Missouri Literary Festival Reader’s Choice award in 2011 for her Civil War short story One, Two, Three.
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