Happy New Year!

Posted by jennifer gibson on Monday, January 9, 2012
Can you believe it's already 2012?! Wow, time goes by really quickly!

For those of you following me, I'm currently working on my third novel - a continuation of Jessie's journey.  This came as a complete surprise, I never expected to write past the first book, Sway.  So, to be writing a third one is simply mind blowing!

There are lots of new twists, deeper revelations, and surprising changes in this one.  It's a real page turner.  And it's based on my life as a hard of hearing teenager - meaning it really happen.  Over 75% of the incidents in the stories are true!

You may be wondering how can I keep going after all this?  Believe it or not, I've been through a lot more in my 20's and 30's.  Even in my 40's, my life took a surprising and sudden turn which left me reeling.  I can remember standing in the middle of the room, scratching my head and thinking "This is absolutely surreal, it's like a script right out of a soap opera!"  And yes, some of that is going into the book.  It's true what they say about writing from true life, if it feels real then the reader will say "Wow!" and immediately connect to it.

Life really is like a roller coaster ride, one minute you are riding high on your achievements, the next you receive shocking news that pulls you down to the depths of despair.  I'm not talking about crashing from a jolt of caffeine or sugar high from nibbling on all that dark chocolate.  It's what's hidden in the shadows of our past, they always came back to haunt you.  What we experience on a daily basis often makes us stronger for the future.  There is always a reason - call it fate or a higher power at work, we need those agonizing times in our life to truly appreciate the smaller moments, the happier events.  It could be worse, much worse. Just look around the world and you suddenly realize just how rich your life already is. 

Right now, I'm allowing my inner teen to come through and entertain me with her laughter, her sweet smile, her sensitive child-like side as well as the darker episodes.  She is very fortunate to have someone like Ethan help her through this stage in her life.  I did not have that luxury.  Perhaps I'm living vicariously through her? Literally living my life over again as a teen? Everyday I experience something new, especially about myself.  Who knows what will tomorrow bring?  It may end up as the next chapter in my book!  Bring it on!

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