.“Let me tell you what I wish I’d known,
When I was young and dreamed of glory,
You have no control who lives, who dies, who tells your story. . .”
The writing of Away From Here was something that I had to do. No choice, voices in my head that needed to get let out. Wait, that makes me sound crazy, doesn’t it? Damn. Okay, do over. Scratch the ‘voices in my head’ part. . .let’s just say I had a story to tell, and it was no longer content to live on a three year old file on my computer. But it’s done. I’ve told the story, and my part is done. Now my focus is on your, my readers.
Art - whether it be writing, film, music, or any other forum - takes on a life of its own when you let it free into the world, and even though the book is a few months from being available, I’m getting amazing advanced reader feedback. It’s truly been overwhelming, with people connecting to the characters and the story in ways that I in no way could have anticipated three years ago, when this was just an idea in my head.
For those who haven’t turned past the final page of the story, I encourage readers to share their stories with me, and with anyone else. So that’s what we’re going to do here. The book touches upon a lot of different issues - mental illness, first loves, parent-child relationships, adolescence, high school, having an epic best friends, loving or hating school, and a host of other things.
Leave a comment below telling your story, or a part of your story, or even just an aspect of Away From Here that connected with you on some level. The comments can be long, short, personal, or not personal - whatever you want to write, and whatever will help others. Like I said, my part is done, now I look forward to reading your experiences. . .