New Project! A PIECE OF YOUTH: Coming 2021
I'm excited to announce my latest book, A PIECE OF YOUTH, is tentatively scheduled for release in Spring of 2021.
This book is quite the deviation from my normal writing style and subject matter, but it's a project I've been tossing around for many years and feel I'm finally in the right "head space" to do justice to it. It is an autofiction, which combines the elements of autobiography with those of a novel to enable me to create a world very much based on reality and truths, but allows room for creativity and dramatization to develop a more compelling story. Yes, the book is inspired by my own experiences as a teenager coming of age in a rural southern town in the late '90s, and I even use my own name as the main character. I regularly wrote in journals from sixth grade through my high school graduation which I have kept all these years and drew heavily from when writing this book; however, I did utilize the "fiction" liberties of autofiction to do things such as shift and compress timelines, combine elements of multiple real people into single characters, and-though very minimally-turned some experiences of others into my own in order to paint a more complete and comprehensive picture of what adolescent life was truly like in a small town during a very revolutionary time.
The book is organized in diary format and the writing is very raw. I did my best to stick to original language and common colloquial terms that we used as '90s teens to maintain the story's authenticity. I also worked very hard every step of the way to keep myself firmly rooted in the psyche of my seventeen-year-old self and limit injections from my adult mindset. I regularly employed several tactics throughout the writing of this book to assist in my psychological "time travel" - hours of flipping through old photo albums (lots of bugging high school buddies I'm still connected with on social media to send me all their old pictures - sorry Natalie, I promise to include you in the acknowledgements section), reading and re-reading through my high school journals, watching old movies, and, of course, listening to a ton of '90s music to help "transport" my mind back to that era of my life.
Of course, I think anyone who was a teen anywhere in 1990s small-town America will enjoy this book, but I also feel modern teens will find it interesting as well and be able to use it as a window into their parents' minds and souls. They will also be able to relate to many of the struggles and challenges even though they are decades removed from them - sadly, teens today in rural pockets of America are still dealing with many of the same issues.
Keep an eye out for A PIECE OF YOUTH on Amazon next Spring released under Reese & Rayne Publishing. Like my other books, it will be available in both paperback and Kindle formats; the Audible audiobook version will likely be available a month or so following the hardcopy and e-book release dates. For more information and to stay up-to-date on everything, please visit my website at AmandaMatti.com and/or follow my public Facebook page at facebook.com/AuthorAmandaMatti