Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Orly Konig goes the distance...plus a book giveaway

We're pleased to introduce Orly Konig today and feature her debut novel, The Distance Home. Melissa A was thrilled to find out that Orly lives in a neighboring town and hopes to meet her soon. They can talk about the joys of having curly hair in person. She's here to talk about what inspires her to write.

Orly Konig is an escapee from the corporate world where she spent roughly sixteen (cough) years working in the space industry. Now she spends her days chatting up imaginary friends, drinking entirely too much coffee, and negotiating writing space around two over-fed cats.

She is a co-founder and past president of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and an active member of Writers In The Storm blog and Tall Poppy Writers.

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Thanks to Forge Books, we have one copy of The Distance Home for a lucky reader!

Sixteen years ago, a tragic accident cost Emma Metz her two best friends—one human and one equine. Now, following her father’s death, Emma has reluctantly returned to the Maryland hometown she’d left under a cloud of guilt.

Sorting through her father’s affairs, Emma uncovers a history of lies tying her broken family to the one place she thought she could never return—her girlhood sanctuary, Jumping Frog Farm.

Emma finds herself drawn back to the stable after all these years. It’s easy to win forgiveness from a horse, but less so from her former friend Jillian, their once strong bond destroyed by secrets and betrayals. But despite Jillian’s cold reception, for the first time in years, Emma feels at home.

To exorcise the past, Emma will have to release her guilt, embrace an uncertain future, and trust again in the healing power of horses.

Orly Konig's The Distance Home is a powerful and sparkling women's fiction debut novel of second chances, friendship, and healing. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

Where the Writing Started

I’ve always been a reader, although I can’t point a finger at one author or book and say, “that’s the one that made me want to write.” I never even imagined myself as a writer growing up and the couple of attempts at creative writing during my school years were far from brilliant.

I wrote plenty of articles for trade publications during my corporate days, but fiction, nah, that was the world I went to when I wanted to escape from the real world.

And yet here I am, celebrating the debut of my first novel.

For me, it wasn’t so much the need to tell a story as a need for an outlet. I’d made the switch from corporate to freelance, and was adjusting to my new world as a mom.

My reading habits had always been quite eclectic but I found myself reading more and more women’s fiction. Those books touched me in a way others didn’t. They were the friends I went to when I felt overwhelmed or unhappy or lost. Through those books, I felt less isolated.

When I started writing on that very first manuscript, it wasn’t with the idea of becoming a published author. I was looking for those “friends.”

There’s a quote I keep close to my computer –
“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” – Flannery O’Connor

My characters sort through emotional upheaval. They confront the people who hurt them. They change their lives in 300 pages.

My characters do the things I can’t always do. Through them, I can release the pressure building inside me. The characters I write about don’t speak for me and they don’t deal with the issues I’m going through at that period in my life. But through their emotional journeys, I can release my own fears and heartaches and dreams.

My stories are the family and friends I can’t always open up to. Through them, I can spread my wings. The stories don’t reflect who I am or what I do. But through them I can explore new ways of becoming whole again.

And that’s why I write.

Thanks to Orly for visiting with us and Forge Books for sharing her book with our readers.

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Janine said...

I rode a horse one time when I was in New Mexico with my ex. I should have listened to his mother about taking a jacket because it really did get cold up there and it even sleeted. Luckily one of the guys had ponchos for people to wear. I would love to ride again.

Unknown said...

I trotted on a pony when I was quite little. I only remember it bc of pics. I'd love to ride a horse!

traveler said...

I took riding lessons when I was young but stopped and rode again.

Margie Shaw said...

Yes I have went horseback riding. My ex and I actually owned a horse. When we separated, he got the horse. I wasn't crazy about riding, but liked taking care of her. I guess I was a little afraid of being thrown off.

cpr040304 said...

I've never been horseback riding, but I wouldn't mind testing it out although I am a bit afraid of falling off a horse.

diannekc said...

My step-daughter loved horses and we lived in the country at the time, so we had two horses. We used to love to riding together. Horses are really beautiful animals.

Linda Kish said...

I rode a bit when I was much younger but, not in the past 40 years. I doubt I will again.

Susan Roberts said...

I rode on a horse once when I was about 15. It scared me so badly that I've never tried it again.

Orly Konig Lopez said...

You guys are making me want to run out to the stable. :-)
Thanks for stopping by!

holdenj said...

I had a friend who took us riding for her birthday, maybe 5th grade or so? Otherwise, not many opportunities.

Grandma Cootie said...

Black Beauty

Mary Preston said...

CHARLOTTE'S WEB was always a favorite.

dstoutholcomb said...

Misty of Chincoteague

I haven't been on a horse since middle school


rubynreba said...

I loved Dewey the Library Cat!

Tatum Rangel said...

"Love Saves the Day," by Gwen Cooper. :)

Maureen said...

I haven't been horseback riding since I was a teenager.

bn100 said...

black beauty

Jennifer C said...

Yes, I took lessons and we even had our own horse, Smoky, when we lived on a farm for a couple years. I love horses so much!

Unknown said...

I'd love to try horseback riding, it looks like a lot of fun!

Unknown said...

I think I went horseback riding years ago when I was in Vermont with family. I would love to go again!