Officially published & plans going forward
I finally can call myself a published author, and it feels amazing.
My debut novel is officially here!
Ever since I was typing stories on a Windows 98 computer as a little kid on WordPad, I wanted to hold a book I wrote in my hands someday. I knew I wanted to be a published author just as much, and my entire life has been spent preparing and writing numerous stories, fanfictions, poems, and journals to prepare myself. Writing was also a way to cope as it still is, and it's nice to be able to share something I love so dearly with the world.
Everything Is Wonderful Now, my debut novel, is memoir-like in the way that it contains many true events from my life. I added many fantasy elements in there, and even created a comforting explanation for some trauma that I weaved into the truth. Ultimately, it reads like a paranormal/occult fantasy novel but at its core, it's based on real life.
It's my goal to help others as much as I can, too. And I hope to do that with my books. Mental Health Awareness is one of my top priorities when it comes to any kind of activism, and in each of my books that cover heavy topics, just like Everything Is Wonderful Now, I will have a page at the back of the book for mental health resources, including sources for trans and LGBTQ+ readers. I will always have a page for major trigger warnings at the start, and my books will usually be dedicated to those who may feel lost, like an outcast, or who have suffered.
You can find my book here if you'd like a copy!
If you need a list of trigger warnings, you can find them at the landing page here.
I'm so excited to release it, and I can't wait to hear what people think of it. I hope sharing my story can help people better understand, and sympathize with, mental illness and alternate paths of spirituality.
Here's an excerpt from the book that isn't anywhere else:
"Tell me, you do not really fear physical pain or actual harm, do you?" Darokin said as he backed away from the young man. Sean’s fear screamed silently in the dark, but the prince ignored it. "You fear not knowing. You fear not having control over your environment. Here, in the darkness, you cannot see as I can. But you see, you have not come to harm. Those which circle around us and those who lie in their shrouds beside you, they will never harm you. You fear because in reality, you do not really want to die, do you?"
"I don't know." Sean sank to the ground and hugged himself. Despite the darkness providing no line of sight in any direction, he squeezed his eyes shut. "I really don't know." More scuttling. Was that a moan? A breath from ages past. A death rattle?
"And there is the obvious sign," Darokin said firmly, which was not a tone he usually expressed. "You've closed yourself off. What you refuse to realize is that by closing yourself off like this and succumbing to your fear, you become vulnerable to things that do wish you harm. You are a spiritual parasite's absolute dream. You do not fight back."
Everything Is Wonderful Now — eiwn.carrd.co A dark LGBTQ fantasy about persevering through trauma that flips the light vs dark narrative.