Hope Behind the Storm πŸ’›πŸ–€πŸŒ»

Yesterday, Dear You was featured over at Plain Talk Book Blog. Below are a couple q’s I answered for a guest post. Enjoy while sipping on a delicious cup of coffee.

What was the inspiration behind your new novel Dear You?

So, there are a couple of answers as to how Dear You was created. Firstly, my life is the perfect combination of storms and silver linings, however, during those storms a sense of solitude seems to always creep in.

We feel as though we must fight these storms solo, that no other human out there in this big bad world could ever understand what we’re going through or how we’re feeling. This being far from the truth. I felt this need to share my life, my storms with the world in hopes of helping, in hopes of shedding a bright bulb on the fact that we are more connected than we think.

The second reasoning behind Dear You is something I have not shared until now. After finding out just how sick I was four-and-a-half years ago, I was ready to leave this world.

Death and I have played Cat and Mouse my entire life, each time making my escape. Figuring that round five was now the end, I was ready to cave and accept that I now needed to give my final kiss goodbye.

Ever heard of a PAS?

Those of us with a terminal disorder have this option of a Physicians Assisted Suicide. I know that this raises red flags and probably stirs up a discomfort in the pit of your stomach, however when you have been endlessly fighting for your life for almost 30 years, exhaustion is a permanent state of mind.

I was ready to die and Dear You was actually my goodbye letter to my family,my best friend and to the world. While writing this story, my fight was somehow rejuvenated in a supercharged way.

It’s crazy, every time I feel like my fight is empty, something refills it keeping me alive. Some force in this universe keeps my lungs breathing, my heart beating and my mind thundering. I have no idea what that force is, but I’m good with that.

Honestly, I’m addicted to the unknown of life.

Any future books on the way?

Yes, I’m actually working on three books at the moment, as crazy as this is. The next book I plan on releasing is a collection of thoughts and experiences, the good the bad and everything in between.

My intentions behind my next book is to further close the stigma on anxiety, depression and suicide, all of the thoughts that we tend to keep buried deep inside so that we won’t be judged or labeled.

I’m releasing the skeletons and scars along with sparks of genuine happiness. The second book is a collection of dreams and nightmares that has been stealing my sleep since I was a youngster.

This hooded character that has chased me through twisted scenes during the midnight hours. Basically, I’ll be taking you on a wild roller-coaster ride.

Lastly, I’m re-releasing a book that was written about eight years ago. A collection of pieces written by my family and best friend about how knowing someone living with a rare disorder has impacted their lives.

So here’s the thing, EB doesn’t simply play a part in my life, it also plays a part in those around me. I wanted to share the outside perspectives along with my own. I am looking forward to re-writing this baby.

I’ve been travelin on this road too long, just tryin to find my way back home. The old me’s dead and gone… T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake

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