Sinel publishes debut novel

Natasha Sinel released her debut novel at the beginning of September.

Natasha Sinel released her debut novel at the beginning of September.

“I’ve been writing for so long. It’s a different feeling when you can hold your book in your hand,” Natasha Sinel told The Ledger.

At the beginning of September, Sinel of Bedford Corners took the plunge and released her debut novel, The Fix. Sinel said she feels incredibly lucky to be able to call herself an author.

“It is such a ride — I’ve probably been working 10 years for this dream — and it is a dream come true,” Sinel said. “Seeing my book on the shelf is quite something.”

Sinel, who has a degree in English from Yale University, said that despite her passion for writing she never expected to become an author, but that she’s pleased with the title.

Sinel described her novel as being a little dark, but a hopeful narrative overall. The Fix is about a teenager named Macy dealing with some internal struggles who meets a boy with addiction problems. Together the duo support each other through their respective issues.

Public reaction

So far Sinel said she has received a positive response to her book from critics and contemporaries alike.

The Fix is Sinel's first book.

The Fix is Sinel’s first book.

Kirkus Reviews described The Fix as “a powerful story about healing.”

Award-winning author Carrie Mesrobian praised Sinel’s book with a bit more flair.

“A bewitching, beautiful, and brave debut. Readers will marvel at Macy’s resilience. Natasha Sinel’s writing devastates and uplifts, but turns. An important story of one girl’s journey to rewrite the blueprint of hr own life by facing the truth inside herself,” Mesrobian said.

While Sinel is thrilled with the support she has received for her work, she loves to hear what her readers have to say about Macy and her other characters.

“I get excited when I hear from teenagers, particularly when it is someone who can identify really strongly with one of the characters,” Sinel said. “It feels really good to feel like your potentially making a difference in someone’s life.”

Sinel said she not only writes young adult fiction but that she also reads it.

“I feel like I’m still 16 or 17,” she said. “Yes I’m an adult and I have adult responsibilities and I’m good at them, but I still can identify with those feelings in a profound way.”

She also said that she appreciates how teenagers see the world and how she strongly associates with how everything feels more important at that age.

“One of the reasons why I love writing for this age group is because  the one thing I really miss from that age is how immediate things are and how things are so big and matter so much in the moment.” she said. “When you get to be an adult you know you’ve lived so many days and you’re sort of a little bit jaded and you know, yes, everything sucks right now but it will be fine next week. … I like that everything is sort of immediate (for teenagers).”

Writing process

Sinel admits that while The Fix is her first published novel, it’s not the first book she’s written. She said publishing can be a hard industry to break into and that the timing just wasn’t right when she tried to get her first book published.

However, the competitive publishing market hasn’t discouraged her from her work. In fact, Sinel said she has already completed a good chunk of another novel, which she intends to focus on and consider revisiting her earlier book in the future.

She describes the writing process as “very time consuming” explaining that a novel goes through an extensive editing process that involves a great deal of drafting and revisions.

Sinel said her writing revolves around caring for her three children and maintaining her family.

“I have to work in between all that,” she said.

It’s actually her everyday life that helps spark ideas for a character or scene.

Sinel said, “I’ll have a little germ of an idea” that comes from listening to something on NPR or doing her daily chores. Once she gets the idea, she said she makes sure she writes it down to see how she can use the idea later on.

When Sinel isn’t writing, she said she enjoys spending her time with her family and friends. She said she also spends a great deal of time reading, partially for pleasure and partially to support other young adult authors.

Sinel will be at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival with other authors from the Westchester area on Oct. 3.

About author
TinaMarie Craven is the Arts & Leisure editor. She previously worked as the editor of the Monroe Courier and the Lewisboro Ledger. She graduated from Ithaca College with a BA in Journalism and Politics in 2015.

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