Nov 6, 2014


The Odyssey of Falling
by Paige Crutcher

This past March, I made the decision to self-publish my Young Adult novel, . Being a journalist, I thought sharing my journey could make an interesting read, and the magazine I write for, Publishers Weekly, thought my (mis)adventures in indie publishing might make for an interesting column. I’ve been chronicling my self-publishing voyage, and on November 4th the book will officially launch.
So what is this story I believed in so much I decided to put my money, mouth, and will behind getting it out into the world?
Meet Odd. Audrey “Odd” Ashworth is an exceptionally bright girl with a sympathetic heart. She’s in the top 4% of her class. She’s obsessed with getting into Manhattan School of Music, committed to following the “signs” the universe delivers, and infatuated with the boyfriend of her recently deceased best friend.
Life is a little strange for Odd.
Until she finds her best friend’s diary in her crush’s car, and decides to do the bucket list tucked inside the pages. As Odd seeks closure and a way to honor her friend, she discovers there’s nothing wrong with a little strange, especially if it helps you discover who you were meant to be. Along the way, Odd falls into trouble, adventure, and finally love.

“In THE ODYSSEY OF FALLING Paige Crutcher has written an anthem for every young heart looking to find its way in the world. This novel is tender and hilarious, beautiful and brave. Crutcher tells her story with a sure voice and a steady hand, all the while reminding us that youth, with all its complexities, is something to be savored. Just like this novel.” — Ariel Lawhon, author of THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS
“Tackling the very current lives of teenagers and their impossible choices, Paige Crutcher’s debut is completely self-assured, original and unique. She has an unparalleled ability to build characters you’ll love, root for, get angry with and miss when the story is finished. I predict big things for Crutcher — THE ODYSSEY OF FALLING is a wonderful debut, and I can’t wait for more from this authoritative new voice in reality YA.” –J.T. Ellison – New York Times bestselling author of WHEN SHADOWS FALL
“Paige Crutcher’s writing turns simple words into delicious bits of alchemy. Her characters are fully drawn, her settings are reach-out-and-touch real, and her voice is honest and vulnerable. Don’t miss this one!” — Myra McEntire, author of The Hourglass Series
“THE ODYSSEY OF FALLING is full of characters you feel for, root for, and begin to miss the second you reach the satisfying last page. It’s an emotionally charged story, beautifully rendered, that honors the rocky but spiritually rich journey through loss to what awaits on the other side.” — Lauren Roedy, author of OCD, THE DUDE, AND ME

About Paige

I write, read, rock out on my yoga mat, report for Publishers Weekly, and write YA. I play well with words and others, and when I’m not reporting, I daydream excessively before putting words on the page. Sometimes they’re jibberish, sometimes they’re honest in a way that makes me feel a little awkweird, but they always come with a message of hope and love.
More often than not, I’ve got my nose in a book (occasionally while inside my book fort), because inside story is where the magic waits.