Title: Empty Cup
Publication date: November 3, 2014
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing Inc.
Author: Suzanne Costigan
Mom’s new boyfriend is creepy.
On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Raven finds out he isn’t just creepy, he’s dangerous. He leaves Raven broken and bleeding, but Mom blames her for what happened. She kicks Raven out of the house with nothing but a blanket to protect her from a frigid winter night.
As Raven struggles with the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal, she seeks solace in her imagination and a teacher who seems to understand her situation. She ultimately discovers that her world won’t change if she relies upon someone else to do it. Real change begins within.
“…Sure to prompt reflection and provocative discussions on important issues.”
-Allan Stratton, author of Leslie’s Journal
“Not an easy story, but an important one. Compelling, powerful, and engaging.”
-Eric Walters, author of Power Play.
Was this book inspired by a true story? If not, how did you come to think of it?
Empty Cup is inspired by many true stories. Everything that happened to each of the characters in the story has happened to someone, somewhere.
Is the story based on anyone specific -- no. Empty Cup, and the characters within, is all fiction.
I'm not entirely sure what inspired the original spark for the story, or where I thought it was going in the beginning. I believe some ideas really do drop out of the air and the author (or artist, poet, musician...) just needs to be ready to catch them as they float by... or maybe zing by.
I was taking a creative writing course at Red River College and my instructor asked me if I wrote anything with social issues for teens. At the time I had this character roaming around my head and I wasn't sure what to do with her. She'd had bad stuff happen to her and she was making bad decisions. After some discussion with my instructor, I realized it was time to write the story down. Two and half years later, after much editing, it was picked up by Rebelight Publishing and voila, here I am posting to Mommabear's Book Blog. :)
ABOUT SUZANNE COSTIGAN:
Suzanne Costigan is a child welfare advocate, supporting high risk children in her home, and an active member of the Winnipeg writing community. Empty Cup is her first novel.