I've got a new book coming out soon, hopefully in October if I can get through the final edits and let it go. It's a novel, Afraid of Everything, and you can see here the cover and summary, followed by a little story on how the idea came to me.
Before Helena can act on her options, however, she has a terrible
accident on a Southern California freeway. Instead of going on an exotic
vacation, she is in a hospital, in a coma, traveling to
strange worlds of another dimension, meeting people who seem to know
more about her than she knows about herself.
As Helena explores this intriguing new world, she realizes the
truth about her past and the purpose of her future. And she is no longer afraid. Helena is at last ready to live. But first, she must
wake up from the coma.
This idea came to me shortly after I finally admitted to myself I was afraid of practically everything. Anything I accomplished in life came after first facing the horrible anxiety that preceded it. I have little tricks for getting past my fears. But I won't go into that or I'd have a series of posts instead of a single one.
One particularly anxiety-plagued day I was laying in bed, curled under the covers, imagining what it would feel like to be in a coma.
I thought of a woman, afraid of everything, who ends up in a coma and finds it a place of comfort rather than pain. In fact, it is an escape from the pain of living. I imagined her experiencing a transitional place, a spirit world, where she learns things and grows as a result. This was the kernel of the idea that grew into my novel.
It's been a lot of fun to write, refreshing and healing actually, and difficult to let go of at the end. I think I'll do an official blog tour for this one, probably through Women on Writing. However, if anyone would like an electronic ARC for review purposes, let me know in the comments and I'll get you one.
Afraid of Everything is available for pre-order on the WiDo Publishing website and Amazon. And on Goodreads here.