Chapter One-A Novel By Jill Ocone


When the past, present, and future all combine to create life’s perfect storm, you can either run from it or tread its waters and learn from it.

28-year-old Jersey Girl Kelly Lynch, the protagonist of my 62,500-word novel titled Chapter One-A Novel, faces such a decision, and her inspirational journey of self-discovery as told through a fresh and captivating voice will undoubtedly resonate with women’s fiction readers long after they turn the last page. Kelly possesses the tenacity of Colm Toibin’s Eilis Lacey from Brooklyn and the authenticity of Olivia from Joanna Cantor’s Alternative Remedies for Loss.

Chapter One-A Novel opens on Kelly’s first day 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.

After Kelly is blindsided by a double-whammy of tragedy, she puts her faith in the universe by following the innumerable mysterious signs that collectively point to Dublin, Ireland. While on the Emerald Isle, she looks both outward and inward as sparks ignite fires in her creativity and her heart. Ghosts from her past and an unlikely inspiration combine forces to guide her to her true purpose. Kelly returns home to the Jersey Shore determined to pursue her calling, thus beginning her next Chapter One anew.

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!