Chapter One-A Novel By Jill Ocone


Kelly Lynch, the twenty-something protagonist of my 60,000-word manuscript titled Chapter One-A Novel, navigates the seas of friendship and the storms of loss as she travels from the Jersey Shore to Dublin, Ireland on a journey of self-discovery.

The novel opens as Kelly begins her career as a high school English teacher, where she meets fellow educator Shannon Moran. As their friendship blossoms, Shannon’s encouragement reignites Kelly’s passion for writing as she grapples with deep scars from her past while balancing her active life as a teacher and her stagnant marriage to shiftless alcoholic Wayne Coopersmith.

A double-whammy of tragedy blindsides Kelly, and in the aftermath, she puts her faith in the universe by impulsively traveling to Dublin, Ireland.

Sparks ignite fires in her creativity and her heart while on the Emerald Isle, and her encounters with two unlikely inspirations lead her to discover her true identity. Kelly returns home determined to pursue her calling as a writer, thus beginning her next Chapter One anew.

With the fortitude of Eilis Lacey from Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn and the authenticity of Olivia in Joanne Cantor’s Another Remedy for Loss, Kelly’s inspirational story will resonate with readers long after they turn the last page.

A detailed outline, sample chapters, and/or the entire manuscript of Chapter One – A Novel are available for review as I seek representation and/or publication. Please request by email, Thank you for your interest!