All my life I have wanted to be a writer. Ever since first grade, when we were taught to make little story books by stapling pieces of paper together, I have fallen in love with telling stories.
I love getting together with my girlfriends and being able to share a tale or two. Either about work, a trip away, or something funny a family member did. Storytelling is an art. I love the opening sentences that set the scene. I love throwing bread crumbs of information that build up to a bigger picture. I love the guesses regarding the climax. I love the pauses before I give up the ending. The reactions to an effectively told story is extremely rewarding.
I remember how much of a struggle it is to be a young person. And unfortunately I know it can last well over your mid-twenties. Trying to fit in or trying to be unique. Being a bully or the bullied. Having hair in places it shouldn’t be, or runaway acne. Anxiety or depression. Being scared or even hating yourself.
It sucks. As a young person you have so much freedom to experiment with what ever you want to do. Sadly there are so many people trying to stop you. Parents and teachers trying to convince you what “the right thing” to do is. Friends and peers trying to put you down, when in most cases it is just a block to find their own insecurities.
My novel “Brittany & Charli” helps me express myself through storytelling. I also hopes it helps someone to know it is ok to be different. The premises is twin girls in high school trying to be as different as possible. Brittany strives for popularity and to feel loved, while Charli wants to hide in the shadows and find her own passion.
I am currently on the first draft. If the book helps one person, it will be a success. Please know that you are not alone. There is something special about you. No one can take that away from you.