Today’s Unforgettable Adventure: Astor Place Vintage, by Stephanie Lehmann

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Blog, Contest/Giveaway, Unforgettable Adventure | 4 comments

Unforgettable Adventure 9: Astor Place Vintage, by Stephanie Lehmann

Unfor­get­table Adven­ture 9: Astor Place Vin­tage, by Stephanie Lehmann

10 Great Authors, 10 Unfor­get­table Adven­tures. With our ninth fea­ture, you know time to enter dwin­dles. Read about Olive’s adven­tur­ous move to 1907 New York City, and get your chance to win Stephanie Lehmann’s Astor Place Vin­tage plus the other nine books at the Astor Place Vin­tage Face­book page and lik­ing it.  There are plenty of ways to rack up more entries for your­self, so check the links at the end of the post.

Here’s Stephanie:

Adven­ture? What do I know about Adven­ture? I’m not an adven­tur­ous per­son. I’d rather stay home than travel. And if I do go any­where, the natives will speak Eng­lish, wifi will be avail­able, and the restau­rants will ide­ally offer ham­burg­ers and apple pie. If I’m feel­ing par­tic­u­larly dar­ing, I’ll get cheese on my pie.  Activ­i­ties that will never appear on my to-do list are sky div­ing, moun­tain climb­ing or African safaris. I like my rou­tines. Give me the same streets in my bor­ing old neigh­bor­hood any day.

I sup­pose Olive, the hero­ine in my novel ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE, does some­thing pretty adven­tur­ous, espe­cially for a woman in 1907. Soon after mov­ing from a small town to New York City, she expe­ri­ences a cat­a­stro­phe that will impact the rest of her life. Instead of mov­ing back to the pro­tec­tive cir­cle of her child­hood home, she decides to remain in the city, where she’ll have to forge for her­self with no emo­tional or finan­cial support.

It’s not a coin­ci­dence that I moved to New York City at almost the same age as Olive. I came to attend NYU, and though I did have emo­tional and finan­cial sup­port, the city scared me in a big way. I was timid, quiet, and eas­ily intim­i­dated. Mov­ing to Man­hat­tan seemed like the last thing I would do – even to me. And then, as it turned out, I never left. Com­ing to New York wasn’t on the order of trekking to the North Pole, but it may have been the most adven­tur­ous thing I’ve ever done.

I sup­pose “adven­ture” is a rel­a­tive con­cept. Some peo­ple won’t fly in planes. Some peo­ple are afraid to go out­side. Some peo­ple are even afraid to write fic­tion. And writ­ers must have the dullest, safest rou­tines of any­one as we sit at our key­boards all day, per­haps ven­tur­ing out to the library or a cof­fee shop.

But I have been told by more than a few aspir­ing authors that a novel is inside, clam­or­ing to get out. They just can’t seem to sit down and write it.

Could it be that writ­ing a novel counts as an adven­ture? The endeavor does involve under­go­ing a huge chal­lenge while fac­ing the unknown with totally uncer­tain results hang­ing in the bal­ance. The threat of dan­ger just hap­pens to be men­tal, not physical.

Of all my nov­els, ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE would cer­tainly have to be my most adven­tur­ous. I actu­ally dared to travel back in time. When I began, how did I have the audac­ity to think I’d be able to re-create the social cus­toms, food, clothes, and lan­guage par­tic­u­lar to New York City in 1907? I didn’t even know if peo­ple back then used toothpaste.

But, I sup­pose, like an adven­tur­erer, my audac­ity also involved some brav­ery – the kind that involves faith that you will rise to the occa­sion… even as you stay seated at your desk. I have to say, I do feel proud of hav­ing trav­eled to the past and returned unscathed. I’ve def­i­nitely become a more well-rounded per­son, and not just because of the weight I gained from all those hours in front of my com­puter. I have to say, Olive han­dled her­self pretty well, too. She’s just lucky I didn’t make her take a ship bound for Malaysia to hunt wild boar.

Remem­ber to like the Astor Place Vin­tage Face­book page, and you’ll be entered to win it and the other nine sto­ries. Enter right here as well by sub­scrib­ing to my blog (use the form in the right side­bar). Keep up with the lat­est adven­tures and get more chances to win through any of the authors:

Ali­son Atlee, The Type­writer Girl Face­book

Jes­sica Brock­mole, Let­ters from Skye  Face­book

T.J. Brown, Sum­mer­set Abbey: Spring Awak­en­ing  Face­book

Sarah Jio, The Last Camel­lia Face­book

Susanna Kears­ley, The Fire­bird Face­book

Kather­ine Keenum, Where the Light Falls 

Stephanie Lehmann, Astor Place Vin­tage Face­book

Kate Noble, Let It Be Me   Face­book

Deanna Ray­bourn, A Spear of Sum­mer Grass Face­book

Lau­ren Willig, The Ash­ford Affair Face­book



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