Terra E. McVoy's Pure: Digging for Deeper Meanings
By Stephanie Kjelgaard '10
The book is dedicated to the Glam Girls Book Group, a great inspiration for McVoy. The faces of the young ladies of the Glam Girls Group shined and their cheerful voices chimed in McVoy's mind while she wrote Pure. McVoy wants her book to resonate with all the girls who are dealing with the same kinds of questions and issues seen in Pure.
While the contradictory emotions of the human condition can provide a challenge to the most adept writers, McVoy finds writing about how people interact with one another and the world of great interest.
"I am interested in playing with the deeper reasons behind things," McVoy said. "I am most curious about the real value of human feeling, and what it can teach us."
Even though Pure holds Christian aspects such as purity rings, McVoy hopes that her theme of choosing your own morality will speak through all the words of Pure and other coming books.
While McVoy "ended (Pure) exactly where I wanted to end it, with the future of these girls to be in the reader's imagination," McVoy has written her next book, After the Kiss, which is scheduled for release in May 2010.
This next book will center around two girls who do not know one another but have some level of relationship with the same boy- a love triangle of a kind.
"It's easy to forget that all three people in a love triangle are all human," McVoy said. "They have their reasons for doing things that might not be what it looks like on the surface."
According to McVoy, this book will take the reader "on a journey through human aspects we all see every day."
"One may see a cheating boyfriend, think the other woman must be a total slut and attack complete strangers on limited information," McVoy said.
McVoy believes that her time at St. Andrews helped her in the development of her books. Professors across disciplines helped McVoy's writing and perspective on the world as a thinker and contributor. St. Andrews aided McVoy in becoming an outstanding, cheerful person with the interaction and relationships between professors, classmates, and colleagues. Having been given a chance to explore herself throughout college and her life thereafter, McVoy is now able to guide others who are just beginning to explore themselves with books like Pure and After the Kiss.
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