Carol (Sears) Hoenig carried a story with her for more than 20 years before finally sitting down to write “Of Little Faith,” which will be launched in Plattsburgh Nov. 7.
“Of Little Faith” was the first novel Hoenig wrote, but her second novel, “Without Grace,” was actually published first in 2005.
Hoenig, a Churubusco native and a 1973 graduate of Northern Adirondack Central School, always thought about being a writer. She remembers being encouraged by her English teacher at NAC, Mrs. Fritz.
“I always loved to write, I just never thought I could call myself a writer,” she said.
From Churubusco she moved to Long Island, and didn’t do much writing while she focused on raising her children.
“I had this story idea that just wouldn’t let go,” she said. “That was ‘Of Little Faith.’ All of a sudden its characters started coming to me.”
Once her youngest was in kindergarten, her creative juices could finally make it to the page.
Her novel takes place during the Vietnam era, with three adult siblings coming to terms with their upbringing at the hands of a religiously zealous mother. The story comes to a head when the youngest daughter decides she wants to have a baby without benefit of “the sanctity of marriage.”
Though the storyline first came to her after leaving a religiously fundamental church, Hoenig says the book is not autobiographical.
“Of Little Faith” will be launched Nov. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Legends at the Comfort Inn in Plattsburgh, and the celebration is open to the public. Refreshments, including from sponsor Copa Da Vino wine, will be served. There will be a follow-up launch celebration on Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Chateaugay Town Hall Theater.
As well as being a novelist, Hoenig runs a publishing consulting business in New York City, and has published essays, articles, book reviews and short stories in numerous publications. She also blogs for the Huffington Post. She contributed to “Putting Your Passion Into Print,” by Arielle Eckstudt and David Henry Steery as well. And she is the author of “The Author’s Guide to Planning Book Events: Tips and Tools for Bookselling Success.”
Hoenig was named Outstanding Advocate for the Arts for 2013 by the Long Island Arts Council. A complete biography on Hoenig, plus information on her consulting business and other writing projects can be found at www.carolhoenig.com.