I know, it’s a rare occasion when I speak of my personal life on here, but this week has been hectic, and I thought I’d share with you.
First, and foremost, I don’t know how many of you know this, but my passion in life is to get my book published. It seems impossible–with studies, work, and school–but I somehow managed to write and finish a book this past year. I’ve been praying about this book for over a year, and I wasn’t sure how to end it, or if I actually wanted to get it published. For awhile, I honestly thought that God wanted me to take a break from writing, and I’ll tell you why:
-For one, I lack confidence in my writing, and when I made it towards the middle of my book, I contemplated dropping the entire thing all-together.
-Secondly, though I love writing–regardless if i’m good or not–I knew that I couldn’t actually afford to sit around and create stories because in the real world, someone has to bring home the bacon…aka pay for school tuition. Luckily, God blessed me with a job…actually, a few jobs to be exact! Before I knew it, I was serving popcorn and drinks at games, calling future pioneers in the evening, hosting SVD/JVD events in the early morning, setting up gigs for MNU productions, and lastly, blogging about MNU. You’d think I’d be making bank, but in reality, I barely had enough to fill my gas tank.
So with all of this going on, and a permanent seat on the struggle bus, I was absolutely positive that finishing my book in 2013 or 2014 was impossible–I was certain that there’d be no time for me.
But, in the midst of the most boring winter break of all, God had personally handed me a blessing in disguise–which was more time than I needed. I’d take those boring, cold days and turn them into ten-hour work days where I literally sat in front of my computer all day. I went from about 40,000 words to 64,000 words in four weeks–now that’s what I call progress.
So there it is ya’ll–there’s that big chunk of me that I can’t stop smiling and daydreaming about. Though it’s finished, my book is still under close supervision and editing before I ship it out to agents and publishers. However, I am more than honored to present to all you pioneers/future pioneers/visitors the query for my book.
P.S: A query is a short summary of a book–that editors and agents judge–and can usually be found on the back of a novel, or the inside flap.
Sixteen-year-old Joni Reid is addicted to being sad. . .and it’s not because she’s pregnant.
Drugs, alcohol, and self-harm are the easiest way to deal. And the people in Joni’s life who matter are merely temporary: her dad, her boyfriend, her best friend—they all left. The fetus inside of her is the only one sticking around.
When Joni’s childhood friend, Leo, appears at her door one evening, her world shifts. Leo is the complete opposite of Joni. He wants her to stop skipping out on school, and to stop bashing herself for cutting. He believes in things like love, faith, and family. But that’s not the only thing. He thinks Joni’s scars are beautiful, and she can’t fathom why anyone would think that.
Now Joni must make a choice. She can either run to the father of her unborn child and continue to live in her old ways. Or she can submit to change, allowing Leo to help her see the person underneath her bruised exterior. Either way, she needs to decide before her water breaks, or worse, before she falls back into the trap of believing that she’ll never be good enough for anything other than the blade of a razor.
Complete at 64,000 words, UNBROKEN is a YA romance inspired by a quote from C.S. Lewis and will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Last Song by Nicolas Sparks.
Thanks for reading!
Till Next Time!