Well, I certainly have given a build up, but I think it’s worth it, haha. I have kept this a secret for a bit (only a few know). Last week I had something really cool happen and it reminded me of so much and made me think it was time to share.
Suffering for years with chronic pain and chronic illness takes it’s toll on you no matter how strong/faithful you are. A few years ago, someone encouraged me to write about it on my website (here). I told him I didn’t want to because so much of it was too personal and it would be too difficult to take critical feedback from people who really don’t understand the process. Plus, boundaries are a thing! haha.
As many of you know, being in an environment all about positivity doesn’t always allow for reality. I struggled with people constantly questioning everything about me and scrutinizing me when they really had no idea what was going on and no experience with this kind of pain.
Well, one day God was talking to me and said, why not write about your experiences from the perspective of a fictional character? It was, what I thought, a suggestion for me to process everything going on in my life from an outside perspective. I love books. You can get totally lost and then found again in a book. You get to learn so many things in such a short period of time from a different point of view.
Well, before I knew it, a character was created. A couple years ago, I started writing about this character and… Drum roll pleazzze… It turned into a novel!
Why am I telling you this now? Well, I met with my editor and she gave me the final draft of edits. This means I’m almost completely finished my very first novel! Before I shared this with the world, I had to ask her if she saw any potential in it 😉 (I meaaaaaaaan, I’m sure y’all can understand that). She said, “With the edits, I think it has potential.” So, with her encouragement (and a couple others) I decided to share it with you all. SOOOOOOOOO, this is something I’ve been working on for a few years and I’m SO excited to share it with you!
As I was speaking with my editor, I remembered what it was like when I didn’t even know if I’d make it through. I remember all of the amazing hurdles I’ve overcome. I remembered how absolutely miraculous it is that I am where I am right now. I never want someone to have to go through what I went through the way I had to go through it. I really hope and pray God uses this novel (even if it’s only a couple people who read and enjoy it) to really bless you and encourage you that God can get through anything!
Never forget how far you’ve come and what you’ve come through!
God has faithfully brought me through some of the hardest things I could have never imagined. SOOOOOOO, now you know! One of my life long dreams of writing a book is finally coming to life!
Thank you SO much to the people who did know for encouraging me, introducing me to my editor, editing my book, cheering me on… and holding me accountable to finish… hehehe ;). It takes a village to do anything successfully and y’all are the BEST! <3