Y’all astound me.
I cannot believe the outpouring of love and support and encouragement I have received in almost twenty-four hours of finally releasing this website and for some of you, releasing the first chapter of my book.
I’m floored, and in a way, I’m relieved and astounded that I actually followed through and forced myself to finish my novel and to soon share it with the world. I can’t wait to get it on Amazon. And for a lucky few of you, you’ll receive a hard copy, but that’s a prize for a later date 😉
As I mentioned, it took me four years to nail this novel down and get it out of my brain and onto a Word Doc. The idea behind XXII was born during my senior year of college in a Creative Writing class with a professor I loathed entirely. Not kidding; he was a real asshole.
But I needed that type of professor to push me, because once the idea was conceived in my mind, the characters suddenly appeared. And I know this sounds crazy, seeing as hearing voices in your head is highly frowned upon, but as soon as these characters were shaped in my mind, I could hear them. I could see them and feel their interactions. I could hear their dialogues in my brain, and more importantly, I could feel the protagonist, Mads, clawing at my skull, itching to get out.
I don’t know if I’m the only writer to feel like that, but without my professor’s constant pushing, I don’t know if I would have even written the first chapter, seeing as though I already scripted out the ending in my head.
And then my family and my fiance turned husband…boy oh boy, did they push me. Not because I was being lazy, but because I was scared. They could see the potential in me that my own negativity and esteem had tried to suffocate and bury inside of me.
I owe, and dedicate, this novel to them and to the moments of my life and people who may have influenced it in some subconscious way or another. Every minute, every moment, does not go unnoticed in my writer’s mind.
I will warn you, and for those of you who received my first chapter, that this book is heavily riddled with adult themes, so be ready to dive in.
If you haven’t already, sign up in the CONTACTS // section to get a FREE COPY OF THE FIRST CHAPTER OF MY NOVEL!!! Dooooo it. And then let me know what you think by tweeting me @life_withlauren
I love y’all. You’re all goddesses and gods. You inspire me. And soon, I hope to inspire all of you to tap into the dreams you may have been coerced into thinking don’t matter. Paint that picture. Sky-dive. Audition for that TV show you love. Write a poem or a book. Do it.
Life’s too short.