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Quotes from Neither Here Nor There

Some of you may have seen the quotes I posted recently on Facebook and Twitter, all from my novel, Neither Here Nor There. In case you didn’t, or you want to see them again, here are all seventeen:

  • …she wasn’t there yet. Now, she was in limbo, neither here nor there.
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  • …staring at an image that was no longer there – as if the film had stuck just before she’d turned and left his line of vision.
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  • “Oh you British.” Claude had wrung his hands in mock despair. “You are so… so… réservé.”
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  • …what a street name… Snake Street. Did the name signify something? Was she being lured into a trap to receive a fatal bite?
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  • …she was alone in a strange land at the end of a single, short bus ride.
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  • Who was she indeed? A creature in metamorphosis, something between a caterpillar and a butterfly.
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  • What if she’d made a terrible mistake – one she’d regret all her life?
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  • “Do all the mothers on Mars have lots of babies?”NeitherHereNorThereCover
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  • …familiar but different, as if she were looking at a wall for the first time from the other side.
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  • Esty must have sensed his growing unease. “Wait. Please. There’s more.”
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  • “Maybe you could compromise your principles a little by agreeing to their terms.”
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  • “…as far as they’re concerned, I’m dead. Do you know what that feels like?”
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  • Now, finally, her punishment had come. She deserved whatever they were going to do to her.
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  • “You are where you need to be now. That’s all you need to remember.”
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  • “Sooner or later things will settle down and so will you – here where you belong.”
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  • “I’m beginning to think you were right all along. Extremism of any sort is dangerous.”
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  • Esty nodded. “Life is such a gamble. One wrong move and you can ruin it forever.”
    Noa looked straight into Esty’s eyes. “Look at it the other way. One right move and you will always be thankful.”

Neither Here Nor There by Miriam Drori is available from Amazon, Smashwords, Crooked Cat Books and The Book Depository.

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Meet My Main Character

I’m joining in the Meet My Main Character blog hop, in which I answer a few questions about my main character and pass the baton on to two or three other writers. I had a little problem with the latter, as you’ll see later.

I was tagged by fellow Crooked Cat author, Michela O’Brien, whose latest novel, A Summer of Love, was released in January 2013.

What is the name of the main character? Is she real or fictitious?

Esty Sherman. She is fictitious. The name Esty is short for Esther.

When and where is the story set?

This is a contemporary story that takes place over about four months in Jerusalem, apart from a brief trip to London.

What should we know about Esty?

Esty was born and brought up within the closed haredi community. But she has long felt she didn’t belong there and has decided to leave everything and everyone she knew and start afresh.

What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Contacts with people from her former life make her current life very hard. She is finding it hard enough to acclimatise to new ways of life without constant reminders from the past.

What is Esty’s goal?

To become part of her new world and to become a permanent part of Mark’s life. At least, these are Esty’s goals for most of the time.

What is the book’s title?

Neither Here Nor There, because Esty is no longer a member of her old community but still feels she doesn’t completely belong  in the world she has chosen.

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As I mentioned, I had a problem finding people to continue with this. All the ones I asked had either done it before or were much too busy.

If you would like to answer these questions, please let me know. I will edit this post to tag you, and you can post your answers next week.

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Blog Hop, Stage 4

I’ve hopped again – so quickly I’m not even sure where I am, but I’m sure it’s somewhere in the UK.

Geff Gardiner is an author who is hard to categorise. Each of his novels is very different, and as his website says, his “short work and long fiction spans and explores genre boundaries.”

Many thanks to Jeff for letting me land on his blog and babble about life-changing decisions.

The schedule:

18 June Catriona King My Route to Publication
20 June Cathie Dunn The Background to my Novel
22 June Sarah Louise Smith Arranged Marriage
22 June Jeff Gardiner Life-Changing Decisions
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Blog Hop, Stage 3

I’ve travelled south to Milton Keynes and the blog of Sarah Louise Smith, author of Amy and Zach and Izzy’s Cold Feet.

Today, I’m talking about arranged marriage.

Here’s my schedule so far:

18 June Catriona King My Route to Publication
20 June Cathie Dunn The Background to my Novel
22 June Sarah Louise Smith Arranged Marriage
Jeff Gardiner Life-Changing Decisions

For those of you who live in the UK, US and most other countries, the ebook version of my novel, Neither Here Nor There, is on sale for a limited time at Amazon, along with most of the other Crooked Cat Books. There’s even an eye-catching poster.

Crooked Cat Sale, June2014

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Blog Hop, Stage 2

I’ve jumped from Northern Ireland to Scotland. Today I’m visiting Cathie Dunn, author of historical fiction and romantic adventure.

You can find out more about the background to my novel here.

Here’s my schedule so far:

18 June Catriona King My Route to Publication
20 June Cathie Dunn The Background to my Novel
22 June Sarah Louise Smith Arranged Marriage

Watch this space for updates.

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Launch Day

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As today is the launch day for my novel, Neither Here Nor There, I’m posting my reading of chapter one.

Neither Here Nor There is now available as an ebook or in paperback at Amazon, Smashwords, Crooked Cat and elsewhere.

To win a copy, answer the question that will appear shortly on the launch page.

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Worlds Apart

My world and your world. Their world and our world. Where am I? Where are you? Where are they?

Somewhere, further down in this post, I will talk about tomorrow’s book launch. If you don’t want to read my prattle, you can go there now.

Things used to be easier in the old days. Worlds kept themselves separate. Facebook brings them all together. It’s hard.

One minute I’m reading about the topic that’s uppermost in the mind of all Israelis. Three teenagers were kidnapped by terrorists. Parents look at their children, knowing it could have been them. How can a sixteen-year-old cope with being held by people who want us all dead?

The next minute, without even scrolling or clicking, I see a joke and I try to laugh. Then there’s a beep and I have to read and comment on a totally unrelated topic. Yes, have to, because it’s part of my job of being a writer. I have to look away from my world and become part of yours for a while.

Yes, I know it’s happened to you, to. There was 9/11, 7/7 and all the rest. But when those things happened, all the worlds were feeling similarly shocked. Now, it’s just us. For everyone else it’s business as usual. Who cares about three boys?

Then there’s their world: the world of those who are euphoric over the news. I see that, too, when people post their pictures and comments, before I look away in disgust.

But I really wanted to talk about another world, one that is right here in Jerusalem. The other day, I walked into the haredi world to take pictures. But when I was there, I didn’t feel good about photographing them, even though no one took any notice of me at all.

Signs that make me feel unwelcome, Mea Shearim
Signs that make me feel unwelcome, Mea Shearim

I hurriedly snapped a few photos and escaped from another world where I don’t belong.

A street in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem
A street in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem

Esty, the heroine of Neither Here Nor There, did belong there. She grew up there. Her family and friends and everyone who knew her expected her to remain in that world for the rest of her life.

And they expected her to meet her future husband two or three times, sitting far apart from him so as not to touch him by mistake, before making a decision about whether to spend the rest of her life with him.

If you look carefully below the Old City walls that are lit for the Jerusalem Festival of Lights, you can make out the man on the left and the girl on the right
If you look carefully below the Old City walls that are lit for the Jerusalem Festival of Lights, you can make out the man on the left and the girl on the right of the bench

In my novel, I don’t make any judgements. My characters make judgements occasionally, but mostly this is a novel of discovery. The characters find out about the other world on their doorstep.

I’ve said enough for now. If you want to join in tomorrow’s festivities, which will include a competition, go to this Facebook page. You can join it now.

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Places in NHNT

My novel, Neither Here Nor There, due to be published later this year, describes several places in Jerusalem that I’ve mentioned before on this blog. Like the market, Machane Yehuda.

Machane Yehuda market
Machane Yehuda market

Jaffa Road and the light railway (which has been going for two and a half years).

Jerusalem Light Railway at night
Jerusalem Light Railway at night

The German Colony, which I mentioned here.

House in German Colony
House in German Colony

Yemin Moshe, where I used to live, and which I described here and here and here.

Yemin Moshe windmill
Yemin Moshe windmill

There are some other places in Jerusalem that get a mention in the novel. I’ll have to photograph them, too.

There are also places in London that feature in the novel. I haven’t taken photos of them and they’re a bit far away from me for a quick snapping session.

Place can often drive a novel. It certainly drives mine.

A lane in Yemin Moshe
A lane in Yemin Moshe

Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.

~ Elizabeth Bowen