By ALLEN RAU
Most 12-year-olds have some idea what they want to be when they grow up. Most often, those ideas eventually become fiction when real life gets in the way.
However, for Anne G’Fellers Mason, that dream she had as a 12-year-old became reality this past Monday at the Corner Cup on Main Street.
Mason held a book launch and signing at the coffee shop to announce the release of her first novel, “The Summer Between.”
“It’s a contemporary young adult fiction and that means anybody over the age of 13 will hopefully enjoy. It’s a coming-of-age story about the time in life when high school is over and what comes next, where do you go from here?
“For the lead character, his name is Brendon; it’s the summer between finishing high school and starting college. He has all these expectations about what that summer’s supposed to be but life doesn’t always go to plan.”
While this is Mason’s first book to be released, she has experience in playwriting at her job at the Heritage Alliance. She has written, for example, “With These Hands” and “Spot on the Hill.”
Mason recently recounted her first experience with writing novels.
“I wrote my first book when I was 12, and it’s still a work in progress. I started with books and then playwriting actually came up later. I got into theater more; that’s when I started writing plays.
“I started theater when I was in middle school. I took a class and loved it and stayed with it all the way through college. Then I got a master of fine arts in playwriting. I like acting, but I like the writing part more.”
Her first attempt at writing, when she was 12, was a fantasy fiction story involving dragons. She said she hopes to release that novel in the next year.
Mason added that “The Summer Between” was written in the summer months of 2009, but finding a publisher took a bit of time.
“I wanted to (publish books) since I was young. But you have to grow up. And I sent some stuff out and got the rejection letters like you do. You get your no’s and then I got lucky when I got with Mountain Gap Books. They were looking for young adult, local, Appalachian-based authors.”
Some of the ideas incorporated in the novel came from her own life.
“Some of the ideas come from my own experiences and things I went through in life and others are completely 100 percent fiction. But there’s a little piece of me in this book.
“I like creating worlds in whatever form they come.”
Mason dedicated the book to her mother and acknowledged how supportive her mother has been. She added that she was lucky to have a job and community that supports artistic endeavors.
The novel is available online at Amazon in both paperback and e-book formats, as well as Barnes & Noble, the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center and some copies will be available to check out at the Washington County Library.
More information is available at www.annegfellersmasonauthor.com.