Three years ago I began a new book. For me, writing has always been a sort of secret stillness. It's meditative. A quiet creative space that allows my mind to wander, discovering stories and memories I didn't know were inside me. Freely the colors of my world meld with past, present and future.
But each day I wrote I, like all of you, was deafened by the everyday chaos surrounding us. Every notification was an update. Every update was a headline. And every headline was another tragedy. My life, and the world, had become much too loud.
I understand how easy it is to turn all of our attention towards the darkness. Because it's that darkness that's broadcasted each day, further perpetuating the angst and isolation we all feel behind the screens we now permanently live behind. However, despite the lack of attention the light gets, I choose to believe that in this world we find ourselves so lucky to live in, there is an equal amount of light to balance out the dark.
I believe that for every dictator, there's an army of activists. I believe that for every life lost, there's the miracle of another beginning just down the hall. And I believe that for every category five hurricane that Mother Nature creates, She too creates the northern lights in the September sky of Alaska. This was the simple thread that I followed until it became the focus of my latest work.
I'm elated to announce my second novel, Darling, You're Not Alone is complete and will be published this coming fall.
When I first began writing Darling, I had no idea where this story and these characters would take me, but I cannot stress enough how near and dear this project has become to my heart, and soon hopefully the hearts of many of you. This is more than a book, but my love letter to a world that needs to be reminded of the light. I believe this message, now more than ever, is so important.
Lux in Tenebris Lucet.
Be the light that shines in the darkness.
Trying to make the world a smilier place one character at a time.