Best friends Jynnete and Katy, 20, have just started their second semester at their California college—but after a racially-motivated shooting occurs on campus, their worlds begin drifting apart. The BFF's have always been something of an odd couple: Katy is compassionate, a free spirit with a flair for fashion, while Jynnete is a strong-willed Christian feminist studying chemistry. Their differences are nowhere more evident than in their dating lives, with Katy's regular heartbreak and tears pushing Jynnete toward the role of her mentor and protector. And with Jynnete having stormily dumped her own boyfriend shortly before, she's feeling more frustrated than ever—ready to throw in the towel and swear off men forever.
But in the wake of the shooting, with the community turned upside down and students turning out in droves to attend the college's “End Prejudice Campaign,” everything starts changing swiftly. Out of the blue a seemingly great guy falls into Jynnete's lap; but at the same time, End Prejudice and Katy's native sensitivity draws her into the arms of a new boyfriend, a pariah that's practically the worst choice around—at least in Jynnete's eyes. She and her friends soon hold an intervention to convince Katy to break up with him, but Katy clings to him still more tightly. For one of the first times in her life Jynnete begins to feel powerless, forced to watch her friend move in almost every perilous and codependent direction that she had tried to help her avoid.
While Katy begins to contemplate marriage Jynnete steels herself, struggling still more zealously to break her friend free, while tensions grow and she parries accusations of prejudice. But the mental jousts Jynnete initiates with her friend's baffling new beau do little, except to begin distancing her from her friends, her own new boyfriend, and even her beliefs.
With their second semester of college drawing to a close, schisms, boycotts, a mayoral recall and riots threaten the whole city. Katy's future already seems decided, set on a path of bleakness and denial. Jynnete watches nearly helplessly, and wonders how so many of her relationships have strained to the breaking point, and with so little to show for it. And at any moment everything might totally change or collapse, with untold stories sending everyone careening down still more uncertain paths.
Part 1 of SHALLOW WORLD: A SUNNY-THORNED SEED FOR THE UNTOLD STORIES is complete at 122,000 words, the first of an intended duology. It is a fast-paced New Adult romance with a cast full of colorful and mysterious characters, touching on current issues and propelling the reader alongside Jynnete and Katy—through adventure, heartbreak, discovery, and simple fun.
In the past I've worked as a copywriter, and have now returned to my love of writing once more.