I am beyond happy to report that I’m finally done writing the first draft of Graduating Class of Never!
GCN is a young adult paranormal novel that uses death as a metaphor for mental illness. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, I wanted to create not only an interesting story, but one that teaches young readers different strategies to help them cope them the curveballs life will throw at them, strategies that I’ve learned during my own recovery and which I continue to use on a daily basis.
I began writing GCN in January of 2012, a lifetime ago really. There were times I thought I’d never finish it, times that I thought I would never be able to write anything ever again. Mental illness can really twist perception and demolish ambition and motivation. But thanks to the support of my family and friends, as well as a ton of therapy, I’ve been able to claw my way out of my own mind, and it’s my hope that GCN will give young readers some tools to be able to do the same for themselves.
Though I’m taking today to celebrate, there is still a lot of work to be done. This week I’ll begin the first of many edits, and once that’s done, who knows how long the whole, torturous submission process will take before GCN is published. But I’m optimistic that, one day, you’ll be able to pick up a copy at your local book store.
In the meantime, here’s to me, for overcoming a few more of my personal demons! And here’s to Graduating Class of Never, for transforming the way I think about this whole writing biz.
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