When Shanna Groves of Olathe, Kansas (just outside of Kansas City) found out she was going deaf in her mid-twenties, she ignored the problem. But after two years, she turned around and began writing a novel about being her hearing loss. Lip Reader is a story of an girl living in western Oklahoma who has several family members dealing with hearing loss. There are several people on Groves paternal side of the family with similar issues.
Right now, you can only read the story through an invitation-only blog. She wants to get feedback before going public with the story. An excerpt from the book won first place in fiction at the 2008 Heart of America Christian Writers Network Conference that took place in Kansas City.
To get an invitation to read the blog, write directly to Shanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.