I’m always writing. Click here to see a list of my current projects that aren’t quite ready for publication. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
At any given time, I have a running list of at least 5 more books I’d like to write. Currently, I have plans for three more stand-alone fantasy novels, a fantasy trilogy, three memoirs, and an upper elementary children’s series.
The memoir I’m currently working on, “A Year of Determined Joy,” is my magnum opus, I guess you could say. It’s the one that’s driven me. I began blogging because of this book. I want people to see that when the children leave the nest and must face the world on their own…disorders and all…life goes on. Life with these disorders can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean life can’t be full of joy as well. I pray this book helps bring parents and individuals with disorders (or other obstacles) encouragement and hope. I pray this book opens eyes and crosses boundaries.
With the focus of this blog on neurological disorders, the grand question is, “Why fantasy? Those books have nothing to do with life with disorders, right?”
For me, they have everything to do with life with disorders. Those of us with disorders often wonder how to face challenges that demand strength, particularly when it seems our disorders put us at an immediate disadvantage. With these doubts and fears, it’s easy to get lost in one’s thoughts, to overthink things until it feels like the world is crashing down. I guess this is why I’ve always related to the characters in fantasy books. Their worlds are literally crashing down all the time…and they have to find a way to DO something about it. Writing stories in which people slay their dragons allows me to take the anxiety I live with and DO something about it…figuratively.
In my book, “Before Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast,” my female protagonist, Isa, has been forced to live life as somewhat of a social outcast because of her lame hand and foot. She wants nothing more than to be healed…but this story is about how she learns to find her purpose just as she is, lame hand and foot and all. In my upcoming trilogy, I based the protagonist’s struggle with her inner magic on my struggle with Tourettes. In each story I write, the characters must find a way to overcome huge obstacles for which they feel totally unqualified. While my novels aren’t necessarily religious, I strive to write stories that are God-glorifying, that can encourage and help us to examine ourselves outside of the narrow lens through which we often critique ourselves. Instead, I hope my books help us to see ourselves the way God sees us – beautiful in His image.
If you’d like to purchase my first novel, “Before Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast,” you can do so at the links below. I’m really grateful to everyone who has decided to join me in this first journey of publishing a book. It’s available in both ebook and paperback. If you like the book, I’d be forever grateful if you left an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads (or whatever venue you prefer to purchase from). These reviews help others discover my works. And as always, you can stay updated on my progress by signing up for my monthly newsletter. As always, you guys are awesome! Thanks for reading!