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Inspired: Finished the first draft of my first novel – Where the Light Enters



THE END. I just typed these two words on the (very, very, very) rough first draft of my first novel, Where the Light Enters. There will be many rounds of revisions ahead, but I’m excited to have this first pass done. I plan to revel in this feeling through the holidays and then pick it back up in January to begin the long process of rewriting. For now, I’m happy to say the story and the act of writing it changed me for the better. It gave me confidence and faith that with love we can do what we think is impossible. Thank you to so many of you who supported this journey. We’re just getting started!


About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


3 thoughts on “Inspired: Finished the first draft of my first novel – Where the Light Enters

  1. Congratulations! What is about, if you care to give me a spoiler-free summary?


    Posted by siamesemayhem | November 29, 2014, 1:46 am
    • Thanks so much! A summary and a link to the first chapter is here: http://


      Posted by Christa | November 29, 2014, 8:42 am
      • I really like the details, how you describe the books and the way they feel to Emerson. However, you might not want to introduce all those characters at once–give us a little backstory, let Emerson and Jasper establish themselves.


        Posted by siamesemayhem | November 29, 2014, 9:40 am

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