Friday, February 22, 2013

It's official

I struggled a lot with the decision to write this post or not.

One the one hand, I want to get my book out there. I'm proud of it, proud of myself for finishing it and designing the cover. But on the other hand, I don't want people to read it and judge me.
I know I shouldn't worry about what others think, but I do, and so I wonder what the feedback for a book like this will be.

The thing is, the book is harsh. There's foul language, underage drinking, drug use, sexual situations. But it's necessary, because it's reality. Maybe not yours or mine, but someone's.
It's a story about a girl named Logan who's being raised by a drug-addicted mother in the slums of Miami. It's a story about how she realizes that being better is hard, and she thinks she doesn't have what it takes.

It's sad.
It's raw.
It's real.

I was tired of reading all of these books about characters that come from bad situations, but somehow make it out of them unscathed. The fact of the matter is that our surroundings affect us more than anything else. They leave imprints on us for the rest of our lives.
Having said that, I truly believe every person has redeeming qualities; that every person has the chance to be better then their situation. Along the way, Logan learns just how true that is.

And in writing her story, I learned not to judge others so harshly. We all do it. I think it's a part of our nature, whether it be the sinful part or not. But we compare, assume, come to conclusions that may or may not be correct. Even if they are correct, even if we see someone and think, they are so screwed up, everyone has a story. Of where they came from, how they got there, where they are or aren't going.

Just because their story is different doesn't make it less.

In the end, they're still people; they still have hearts and thoughts and desires and feelings, just the same as you and me. We're all made up of the same stuff.

I'm not going to end this by telling you to read my book. I'm not going to say that it's the best thing you'll ever touch, but if it's something you are curious about, then it's there. And your support means the world to me, ten times over. If you click the cover below, it'll take you to the link.