Monday, December 2, 2013

New Release - In Another Life

In Another Life, my short novella, is now available so I thought I'd try to blog a little bit about my inspiration for this story. Blogging is challenging for me in any event. Blogging about this particular topic is even harder so I hope you'll forgive me if I don't do it as well as I wish I could.

First, most of my books have song inspirations and this one is no different. When I heard Katy Perry's The One That Got Away (and especially when I saw the video), I sat and cried. Still get tears in my eyes when I hear the song. So, of course, I had to write a book giving that concept a happy ending. It's one of my favorite things about being a writer - getting to rewrite things so they turn out hopeful and uplifting.

My other inspiration for this book, unfortunately, can't be rewritten with a happy ending. There is no holiday miracle that can turn around certain decisions we make. 

For many of us, our teenage years had some amount of stress, pain, anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy. They call it teenage angst for a reason, right? I haven't been a teenager in a long time, but I still remember those feelings. And I remember how hard it was to truly understand that they wouldn't last forever, that someday in the not-too-distant future, I'd get to make my own choices about who I spent time with, where I lived, etc.

We joke sometimes about how being an adult is overrated, about how much easier things are for kids - no job, no mortgage, no responsibilities. But honestly, I'd rather be where I am now. Especially in today's world of social media and camera phones. I am thankful, SO thankful, that my stupidest moments during those years weren't caught on camera and posted on the internet where they'll live forever and I ache for the teenagers of today who aren't so lucky.

I'm probably rattling on here, but my point is that being a teenager is hard. It is. I remember. It's hard because of hormones. It's hard because we don't have as much control over our lives as we think we should have and want to have. It's hard because we're getting to know who we are and we're not sure we like that person yet. It's hard because of other teenagers. But most of all, it's hard because teenagers, no matter how mature, lack the one thing only time can give us - perspective.

The first time we experience heartache, whatever the cause, it feels like the abyss, like we'll never be able to climb out, like we'll never get over it, like nothing will ever be right again. But then we do climb out and we do move on and we do experience wonderful things again. So the next time we fall, well, it still hurts, but getting past it is a smidge easier because at least we know that we can because we know that we have. And with every failure, we get better at that, better at knowing we can not only move past our sorrows, but maybe even grow from them, learn from them, become better because of them. That is perspective.

But to gain that perspective, we have to survive that first wave of sadness, insecurity, and heartache. We have to find the strength within ourselves to hang on long enough to come out on the other side and see that we made it. It sucked, but we made it.

Every time I read about a teenager who has ended life too early, I hurt for the future that might have been if only that person could have had the thing that helps all of us old(er) folks get through the day - perspective. And so, I wrote a story. A short little story. It's about holidays. It's about romance. It's about love. But mostly, it's about perspective.


At age 18, Shiloh Raben is tired. He no longer has the energy to deal with mean classmates, inner doubt, and fear of familial rejection, so he takes a razor to his wrist. When he wakes up in the hospital, Shiloh meets Travis Kahn, the EMT who saved him and didn't leave his side.

Travis is handsome, smart, and funny - the type of guy Shiloh would never be brave enough to approach. But his near-death experience has an unusual side effect: the life that flashed before his eyes wasn't the one he had already lived, but rather the one he could live. With visions of a future by Travis's side, will Shiloh find the strength to confront his fears and build a life worth fighting for?



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