June Rollins's upcoming novel, She Lost Her Muse, is a coming of age story for artists and anyone struggling with self-doubt.
Poppy is a struggling art student overshadowed by her best friend and suppressed by her conservative parents. Family secrets, deception and betrayal force her to face fears, make new friends and discover her true gifts.
“Now that we’re all here,” said Miranda, facing the class again and feeling more composed, “let’s take a moment to introduce ourselves. I’ll go first, even though Poppy and I have already run into one another. I’m Miranda Minks, I’ve been the executive director for ACAC for three years and teaching this weekly watercolor class for five years. I’ve painted so many houses and landmarks in Applewood County, I can’t imagine anyone not having my art in their home. I am, without a doubt, the most well-known artist in our county.” She smiled and nodded toward Ernestine to go next.
“My name is Ernestine Wilkes, I’ve been taking classes from Miranda since she first began teaching five years ago, which is longer than anyone else here.” She sniffed as she looked around at the others. I’ve seen many come and go. Watercolor is too hard for most people.” She cut her eyes at Anise. “Or they have so many other things going on, they don’t give it the commitment it deserves.”
Anise smiled broadly at Ernestine, appearing not to have taken any offense to her comment, which everyone but Poppy knew was pointedly directed at her. “Poppy, I’m Anise Evans and I’m a dabbler,” she said, giving a slight nod toward Ernestine. “I love how watercolor looks and I try.” She shrugged. “I’m just glad they let me be a part of the group.”