Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God… This book, my debut novel, my first of many is a symbol of so many things. It represents a dream come true, hard work, answered prayers, acknowledgment, and change.
My book is a YA Fiction in the Faith & Spirituality genre. It’s about a struggling fourteen-year-old who is cutting in order to cope with changes in her life. While the story is fiction, the main character is based on a real girl. Someone I’ve known forever and love dearly. She is my muse. A plethora of research, interviews, and heart went into creating the vivid characters that cross Krystal’s path in Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God.
How did this all come to be? I don’t really know. Something about growing up as an only child gives the imagination an extra spark! Extra sparks do wonders for reading.
I’ve been a reader my entire life. In junior high and high school there would often be a novel on top of my stack of schoolbooks. It was always smaller than everything else in my arms and constantly slid around while I was walking through the halls. Most of the time it was a Stephen King or Dean Koontz title. Because I was painfully shy, I kept just a few close friends and busied myself with reading in my spare time throughout the day. Reading is a lifesaver during moments of awkward silence.
My first real memory of enjoying the writing process was in grade school. We’d been learning about the science of the weather and our assignment was to write a weather report. Our teacher said we could pick any location. So, I chose Mars and my meteorologist was abducted by aliens midway through his report. Figured it was okay since she didn’t specify the location had to be on this planet. I got an A and note in red from the teacher telling me how creative I was! It felt good.
You might think I got this crazy writing bug about that time and have been slamming out stories ever since. But no, my story doesn’t get quite that fascinating. Every now and then in school or in college, I’d get a writing assignment that resonated with me. I’d rock out something awesome and get an amazing grade that gave me the warm fuzzies.
Writing a book has always been in the back of my mind, but I spent my whole life telling myself I couldn’t do it. I’m an expert at psyching myself out! Since then I’ve laid many negative voices to rest. I still have to silence them at times, but now I know better than to believe them. I’ve been receiving wonderful and encouraging feedback from my beta readers and editors. Every time one of those voices try to pipe up, I just go back and read one of their emails.
Currently, I’m writing the sequel to Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God. The original intention was for it to be a standalone novel, but God had other plans. I didn’t realize it was a second book to Memoirs when I started, but a few minor changes and voilà, we have book two.
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