All posts tagged: running

What if you felt trapped by your past–and needed permission to breathe? Jaclyn Gilbert tackles this & more in her debut fiction, LATE AIR

By Leslie Lindsay  In this piercing, lyrically compelling debut novel, Jaclyn Gilbert tackles marriage, loss, and finding one’s way home.  In the shadows of a predawn run, Murray tries to escape what he can’t control: His failed marriage. Grief. Even his own weakness. Murray is a college running coach insistent on his relentless training regimen and obsessed with his star athlete, until he finds her crumpled and unresponsive during a routine practice one morning. Unable to avoid or outrun reality, Murray is forced to face the consequences of his own increasingly tenuous grip on life—exacerbated by the dangers of his perfectionistic, singular focus as a former athlete and survivor of an unspeakable loss from his past. Weaving together the strands of two lives that form a union, Jaclyn pieces together  alternating narratives–Murray and his wife, Nancy, as we experience their early moments of hope and desire as well as their fears and failings. There’s time and trauma, grief, and ultimately healing. I asked Jaclyn a bit about her process, how she discovered the story and …

Write On, Wednesday: Keeping Up with Lori Rader-Day of LITTLE PRETTY THINGS

By Leslie Lindsay After having read Lori Rader-Day’s award-winning debut THE BLACK HOUR last summer, I was equally intrigued and honored to dive into her next read, LITTLE PRETTY THINGS, a mystery in self-examination, a dash through teenage angst, and a solid whodunit. Welcome back, Lori! Leslie Lindsay: I’m always intrigued about what sparks the initial drive to write a novel. What, would you say propelled you to write LITTLE PRETTY THINGS? Lori Rader-Day: I had read a mystery novel that was supposed to be about a character with a bad job, but the job didn’t seem that bad to me. I’ve had some dirty, menial jobs in my day, and I know lots of people who work far worse jobs than the one in that book. I really love the book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, about the hard jobs and bad pay that so many Americans live with every day. I wanted to do a Nickel and Dimed murder mystery. L.L.: I’m always so captivated by your protagonists, so much that I …

Fiction Friday: Chasing After Illusions

By Leslie Lindsay Here we are back in Leslie’s novel, Slippery Slope.  Annie (female protagonist) is at the gym chasing after illusions.  Remember, this is an original work of fiction.  Please feel free to offer comments, feedback, etc. but don’t take as your own work.  Thanks–and enjoy!       I am back at the gym.  The dreaded treadmill; an artificial run.  The mechanics of the machine lifting itself up, clanging and cranking.  Feigning a hill.         Hot, rubbery legs.         Steve’s legs, long and lean reaching for my foot.  The other day.  Lunch.        I press the speed button several times—5.3 MPH.  A good, healthy jog.  My heart is pounding, but not because of the run. I didn’t sleep well last night.            Joe’s breath on the back of my neck.       See a therapist.  You’re not yourself.       Steve’s cocky grin.        I tossed and turned.  Thinking.  Dreaming.        Come back to me.       So much pent-up energy inside of my body.        I close my eyes briefly, my legs pounding the black rubber strip. …