Happy Birthday, Faith!

Faking Faith is ALIVE and out in the WORLD.

Well, it’s been shipping from Amazon (and being downloaded onto Kindles and various other devices) for a week or more, but today is still exciting!  Even if there are no parades or fireworks, it’s still the culmination of years of work.  I’m grateful and happy.

The only proper way to celebrate is large amounts Mexican food with my stepsisters, who happen to be the dedicatees of Faking Faith.

Here is a picture of us from back in the day:

Emily, me, Alyssa…moments before one of us tried to push another of us into the water.

I was a reserved and lonely only child until they came into my life. I didn’t even know what I was missing until they were there, trying to push me in the water.  It wasn’t always the smoothest situation, which is often the case in blended families, but my teenager-hood would have been a whole lot more dull and solitary (albeit less damp) without them around.

This is part of the reason why I dedicated Faking Faith to my stepsisters.  In the story, Dylan Mahoney is a very lonely girl.  She’s messed up her friendships, she took a bad gamble on a jerk guy, and she feels completely alone and disconnected from the world.  Dylan desperately needs connection and support, and she finds it in the most unexpected place – the blog of Abigail, a girl whose life is completely unlike her own.

There are bad decisions and bumblings (and a scandalous incident with Abigail’s cute older brother) but in the end, what redeems Dylan  – and what can redeem all of us, I believe – is how she reaches to connect with other people again.  People who see her, just as she is, and love her anyway.  She heals and grows and thrives by learning to once more be open and vulnerable.

These days I count Alyssa and Emily among my closest friends.  We shared a three-person canoe through the wilderness last summer and danced until 4 a.m. at my last birthday.  Our sisterhood has made me a better person, and I’m proud to dedicate this story of friendship and victory over loneliness to them.

(You can buy Faking Faith here and read the first few chapters here.)

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  • Fred LeBaron

    That is a really sweet post (although I was secretly hoping for some recipes and frolicking kittens), and a good introduction to Faking Faith, which I just finished.  What a good book!  Thanks so much for sharing your faith (haha, I kill myself sometimes), but srsly it was really a great read, I loved how you were able to portray Dylan’s fascination with and journey into such a different world without judging or mocking Abigail’s family or way of life.  I am kind of hoping we’ll see more of these characters, but I know that’s always hard.   Aside from the story of Dylan, Asher and Abigail, it seems like Chastity might have more going on than meets the eye and more to say.  Anyway, thanks for a great reading experience!

  • Jeanette

    I read Faking Faith, and I absolutely loved it! You are an amazing writer! Anyway, I was just curious as to how you found the blogs of fundamentalist Christian  girls. I’m completely fascinated with them now, and I’ve been looking around for some, but I’ve had no luck. Thanks again for your amazing book. You can definitely tell that I loved it by my new obsession with the subculture within its pages!

  • http://josiebloss.com Josie Bloss

    Thanks again, Fred!

    Jeanette, I’m so glad you liked it! You can find a forum that discusses many bloggers from that culture if you google “free jinger” (the name of the forum refers to one of the Duggar girls) 🙂

  • Jeanette

    Thanks so much Josie! Good luck in your writing career!