Thursday, December 19, 2013

I'm Published!

THE ART OF FALLING is officially available at eBook retailers everywhere!

I meant to write this post last night and have it posted first thing this morning, but kids had other plans and I spent most of the night tucking them back into bed.

It was almost exactly one year ago when I sent an email to two of my critique parters with the subject "The Scenes that might make me write a straight contemp..." A few weeks later, I did. I wrote a book about the kind of kids I was friends with in high school - the art nerds, theater geeks, and wanna-be rock gods. I wrote about a girl who is proud that she's different, even if it is a cover sometimes. I wrote about love and longing and figuring out who we want to be. I wrote a book I'm very proud to release into the world.

There's so much I have to say, so much gratitude spilling out of my heart, and I'm not even sure how to express it all but to say THANK YOU. I've dreamed of publication since I was 11 or 12 and wrote a story called Tea with the Bunnies for my baby sister. I've worked hard and I've been blessed now to see the reward for that work. My book is a book!

This story is so close to my heart. I know there are kids out there struggling with the kinds of things Bria and Ben struggle with - expectations and social pressures and conflicting visions for their own futures. I wrote this book for them and I hope it can encourage them. Let them know it's okay to question things. It's okay to like art and math. It's okay to not live up to your reputation and it's okay to hurt. It's okay to be whoever you are.

I think I might be rambling now, so I'll wrap up with the song that has become Bria's theme in my head: Hurricanes by Ms Mr. I hope you enjoy :)

Hurricane by Ms Mr on Grooveshark

Lots of love & gratitude,


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