Local author pens debut novel

Rebecca Harwell to sign copies Aug. 27

 

Rebecca Harwell, a 2012 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School, released her debut novel, “The Thunderbird Project,” from an award-winning publisher on Aug. 13. (Photos submitted)

Rebecca Harwell, a 2012 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School, released her debut novel, “The Thunderbird Project,” from an award-winning publisher on Aug. 13. (Photos submitted)

Ellen Watters
Contributing Writer

For Forest Lake resident Rebecca Harwell, Aug. 13 was hardly just another summer day before her return to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

The day marked an exciting new beginning in the 19-year-old’s life, as it was the release date of her debut novel.

“The Thunderbird Project,” a superhero, science-fiction novel, is finally yielding the fruits of Harwell’s unstoppable labor. Like most authors, she has had her fair share of rejections during her trek to publication. According to the author, that fair share exceeded 200 before realizing that her writing style caters to a more select audience.

The Chisago Lakes High School graduate researched publishers specializing in superhero fiction before coming across Necro Publications and submitting her query letter to its agents for consideration.

About the book 

The book’s jacket copy provides the following description:

“The Thunderbird Project was an FBI-run group of superhumans until they were unceremoniously disbanded and sent out into the world to live normal lives. But unfortunately for the red-headed, mean-tempered Jupiter, being 18 feet tall makes blending into society pretty much impossible. She resigns herself to living in warehouses and searching for a place where she can just be left alone.

NW_HarwellB“Four years later, after being followed for days by unmarked vehicles, Jupiter is attacked and left for dead on a bridge, narrowly rescued amidst screams and camera flashes by an old teammate. She discovers that members of the Thunderbird Project are being targeted and one is already dead. Jupiter reluctantly joins the newly reinstated group.

“With a whole lot of pain and past between them, the team struggles to find the identity of the assassins so they can all go back home. Since any chance of getting away from the world disappeared the day she crawled onto that bridge, Jupiter just wants to make the guys who came after her pay. And if that means sticking it to a world that hates her … so much the better. You don’t get a ‘happily ever after’ when everybody considers you a freak.”

Signing set

“The Thunderbird Project” is being sold in paperback, limited edition hardcover and e-book.

Harwell will host a book signing from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Wyoming United Methodist Church, 5459 E. Viking Blvd., in Wyoming.

“This was not like a fairy tale,” she said. “It’s writing every single day for a couple of hours; it is getting lots of rejection letters; it is very arduous, but more than worth it to see the final product and the cover with your name on it.”

For more information about Harwell, visit www.rebeccaharwell.com.

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