by Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt
What Readers are Saying
“I just read Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt’s new book, Approaching Felonias Park. Excellent story…I highly recommend it. Easy to find on Amazon.”
“…can’t put it down!”
“…has a touch of reality that makes you stop and think about those who are less fortunate than you are.”
About the Book
This novel was born of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. In 2006, after signing up late as a participant, I spat out the first draft of what is now known as Approaching Felonias Park. It was terrible, of course, and I didn’t bother with the book until somewhere around 2008, leaving it alone again until 2010, when a writer and editor friend of mine, Bette Hileman, told me I needed to do something with the manuscript. So my first thank-yous go to NaNoWriMo and Bette Hileman. I have many more thank-yous on the website, but here, I'd like to give you some basics about the novel.
Protagonist Jezabel McPhearson is stuck—stuck in poverty, stuck in abuse and stuck in the world of predatory lending. A processor for a payday loan company, Jezabel meets the poorest of the poor and begins to question her unethical employers. Reflection that leads her to a mystical experience helps direct Jezabel towards a better life, for herself and for the people who suffer at the hands of financial criminals.
Described as “an easy read,” “fast paced” and “gritty,” Approaching Felonias Park gives readers an intimate look into the lives of the needy, those people readers might have been or fear becoming.
Bette Hileman says the book “…is sprinkled with humor without trivializing the serious themes addressed. Jezabel is a real person with real problems…it is unusual for a novel to be written from the point of view of a young woman who’s living on the edge, emotionally and financially.”
Proceeds benefit emergency food pantries in the Manassas, VA, area.
Approaching Felonias Park
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay
Cover Price: U.S. $14.95
Coming Soon on Kindle