Weekend Writing Warriors – Donuts in an Empty Field 5#WeWriWa


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Donuts in an Empty Field is a contemporary, realistic fiction, and Young Adult novel about two best friends, the local food challenge, and letting go of anger.

This excerpt is from chapter one.

After last week when Vanessa first opens the room to her late father’s office, she is tasked with cleaning everything out and boxing everything up with her mom and her best friend, Nichole. Mom dropped a plate in the kitchen, causing Vanessa to panic and get tangled up with Nichole in her attempts to get to her mom as fast as possible. Instead of something sinister, Vanessa finds her mother crying and goes to comfort her.


“It’s okay, Mom.”

I bend in to hug her and she turns to me with shaking shoulders, sniffling and blinking to stop her tears.

“It’ll get easier,” I tell her, patting her on the back.

“Grief is a funny thing. It’s never the same and it’s always a tough upward climb, but you’ll get there. It won’t be easy, but you’re strong and you’ll get through it,” Mom assures me, turning back into the parent.

Ugh. There’s the canned therapy talk. At least she’s feeling more like herself, even if I don’t.


Why does Vanessa have to comfort her mother when they both lost someone? Shouldn’t her mom comfort her? Vanessa is tired of the therapy talk and tells her mom that she and Nichole can handle the rest of the packing. Tune in next week to see what they find behind the torn picture!


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Local young adult writer, Rachel Barnard, will release the first novel in her young adult For the Love of Donuts series titled Donuts in an Empty Field with Life’s a Book Publishing, June 3rd, 2016 (AKA National Donut Day). Order your copy HERE.

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge.

Vanessa hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s son from a burning building. Nessa blames the boy, but her best friend Nichole thinks it’s time to let go of the past. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge will bust her out of her shell. A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.


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19 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors – Donuts in an Empty Field 5#WeWriWa

  1. Interesting snippet. The one thing about grief is that it is a process, and not linear, and the steps are sometimes repeated, skipped, reversed, etc, and it is different for everyone, which means there is no one right answer and there simply isn’t anything anyone can say that makes the pain go away. Only time can ease the ache and how much time is also an individual thing….just speaking as someone who has lived through a lot of loss and grief.


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