I wrote a short story today. I hope you all enjoy it!
The bright blue sky is illuminated by the sun hanging high. I run through the field of paper flowers, folded perfectly into shape, each a different shade of the rainbow. A cool breeze brushes against my skin and I lift my face to the sky, inhaling the aroma of leaves from the trees around me.
“Perfect,” I whisper to myself. Everything was just perfect. Everything I ever wanted, everything I ever desired, was at my fingertips. I was free.
The clouds in the sky looked like large chunks of cotton candy, floating endlessly.
After a few moments of enjoying my peace, a boy came over to me. He couldn’t have been any older than twelve, with his babyface glowing in the sun.
“Hello,” I said to him.
“Hello,” the boy replied kindly, but I sensed a bit of sorrow lingering in the back of his throat. “I’ve been sent to show you something. Something you really need to see.”
“And what is that?” I asked.
“What you see if not perfection,” the boy explained. “Ill be back tomorrow. For today, focus on your surroundings. What do you see?”
Before I could answer, he vanished. For the rest of the day, I focused on the Earth around me. I didn’t understand what he meant–everything here was perfect.
On the second day, the boy came again. “Look at the sky,” he told me. Then he vanished.
I did as he asked, yet it still made no sense. The sky was bluer than it ever had been, and the cotton candy clouds continued to float about.
On the third day, the boy returned. “Run through the land. Take in the sight, sounds, and smells.”
I did as he asked. I ran through the flowers, trees, and grass, feeling the happiest I ever had.
The fourth day arrived, and the boy said, “When night falls, stare at the stars and the moon. Notice the difference between night and day, the sun and the moon.”
Without question, I spent the evening staring at the sky, the stars shining so bright, it felt as if someone was watching over me.
The fifth day came, and the boy smiled sadly at me. “Only one more day till you understand. Spend the fifth day at the lake, swimming and enjoying the peace.”
I did so without asking why, feeling the freshness of the water against my cheeks.
When the sixth day came, I said to the boy, “What do you mean this is not perfect? Everything so far has been. Is there something I’m missing?”
The boy needed.
“Today, enjoy the company of people around around you. Your family, your friend, and even those who don’t know you. Talk to them, spend time with them. Meet the love of your life. Have children. Grow old with them.”
He disappeared before I could protest. In my entire six days since I’d been here, I hadn’t seen a single soul. I was all alone.
On the seventh day, the boy came back. “How did your final task go?”
“I couldn’t do it,” I said. “Why not?”
“Because you never gave yourself a chance,” the boy replied. “One week ago, you killed yourself, wiping away all possibility of life getting better. You can’t go to college. You can’t get a spouse or have children. A family is no longer in your reach. You’ll never see your family.” He wiped away a tear and said, “I’m so sorry for your loss.”
Before I could beg for my life back, the boy vanished, leaving me all alone. For the first time in seven days, I realized what I’d lost. Everything. Suicide didn’t make it better. Nothing could ever get better.
On the seventh day, I wept.
The time has finally arrived! The cover reveal for my newest book, The Long Road Home (April 15, 2016) is below!
The cover is a bit different than we originally anticipated, but we feel as though it fits the story perfectly. The orange represents Brooke’s life in the past–the monochromatic phase in her life. The colors near the top represent her time in the hospital, looking for a brighter future, hoping to recreate herself and her life.
The closer we get to the release day, the more anxious I get. In the meantime, here’s the synopsis below!
Brooke never meant to survive, hoping that the suicide attempt would end all of her suffering. After years of rejection, pain, and heartbreak, she feels as though she’s not good enough for anyone. Now she’s stuck in a hospital, being forced to take antidepressants and is getting therapy for her issues.
And she hates it until she meets Matt.
Now Brooke must remember the past in order to better her future, while trying to keep her feelings for the new patient in check. In this heartbreaking novel, a young girl will laugh, cry, and fight to find her way home to the one place that’s been ruined one too many times–her own heart.
Are you as excited for the book as I am? Let me know down in the comments and feel free to share this post! I look forward to sharing this story with you.
Hi everyone! I apologize for my absence lately. Between editing my books and preparing them for republication, I have had so much going on, especially since I’m still a full-time student.
As you all know, I’m currently a blogger at the You Matter Blogger Council, which is basically a branch off of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. I’ve been trying to figure out some things I can do once I stop writing for them, and I came up with this idea that I’m so excited to share with you all.
A few years ago, I started a Facebook page called Beyond the Scars, a page in which people could reach out to me if they were in the middle of a crisis. I wanted to do the best I could to help prevent suicide, because it is a topic very close to my heart. I then unpublished the page because it wasn’t really going anywhere, and I needed some sort of outlet.
I don’t know why it took me so long to come up with this idea, but I decided I wanted to start an online blog used for suicide prevention. Then I decided, why not have it be much broader? Suicide isn’t the only thing young adults may be dealing with. Things like abuse, discovering sexuality, eating disorders, coming of age, applying for college, getting financial aid, overcoming illness, etc. are just to name a few. I wanted to create a place for people to be able to share their stories.
Beyond the Scars is going to be my new blog. Yes, I will still use this for book related things, so don’t worry. Beyond the Scars will be a place where people can submit stories, poems, resources, blog posts, etc. for teenagers who are struggling. With the blog, they will have the option to remain anonymous or use their names. Obviously the rules will be more in depth once I create the blog, but I want YOU to know that submissions will be open. It’s open to everyone and will give them an opportunity to share their stories. All submissions will go through me, and edits may be made for grammatical and formatting purposes.
Please keep in mind that this blog will be about overcoming challenges. It’ll be a place where people can know they’re not alone, and there will in fact be a resource page for things like that National Suicide Prevention Hotline and many more!
The website is here! If it is unavailable right now, that means the site is currently being fixed up.
I just want to let you all know that I’m really excited about this. The blog will be small at first, but I’m really proud of this project. I hope to get submissions from people soon! I’ll have details about that soon.