By Kara Conley, Current Staff
Starting today, Erin Meyer can introduce herself as a published novelist.
Meyer, an East English teacher, has written a book called Unforgiving Sun, which was released today by the independent publisher Black Rose Writing.
“I began writing it about 2 1/2 years ago,” Meyer said. “I was emotionally overwhelmed with my job at the time.”
Originally, writing was just an outlet, a way of creative expression, and Meyer did not think she would finish the book.
“I had written many short stories before, but I didn’t like them enough to finish them,” Meyer said. “This one just kept on going and going. I realized I wasn’t afraid anymore to express my ideas.”
In Unforgiving Sun, the protagonist, Sophie, spends most of her time in the afterlife, which made the writing process much easier for Meyer. “I like how the book goes from the real world to the spiritual world. People can’t contradict your thoughts of the spiritual world because no live person has actually been there. This is my interpretation of what I believe it to be like.”
Her characters, for some, may be very relatable as others can see themselves in them. “Sophie is both pitiful and rebellious, off-putting and heartbreaking,” is how Meyer describes her main character in her summary.
Unforgiving Sun is perhaps a challenging read. “If you enjoy English class books and a deep read than you will like this,” Meyer said. It’s aimed at an adult demographic, but could appeal to anyone who appreciates a thoughtful novel, according to Meyer.
Meyer can now add being a published author to her creative résumé, which is extensive. “I played in a band four years ago and I have painted a mural,” Meyer said. “I also have a joke book to get illustrated.”
Meyer joins East social studies teacher Jessica Flitter, who has also written a new book called All Access AP Psychology 2nd Edition, published this fall by Research and Education Association, Inc. It contains all the concepts of AP Psychology and strategies to help prepare for the exam.
Both digital and print copies of Meyer’s Unforgiving Sun can be ordered right now through Black Rose Writing, and soon will be available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In a few weeks, select area Barnes & Noble stores will carry print copies on their store shelves. The novel also has a Facebook page.
The author has advice that can pertain to not only creative minds, but everyone. “Don’t stick to one thing. Don’t be boring,” Meyer said, and it’s a motto that she lives by as she continues to accomplish her dreams.
(Top photo by Kara Conley, Current Staff. Book cover image courtesy of Erin Meyer and Black Rose Writing.)