Think about those words. The power that lies in that statement. How making a start in the face of adversity echos through time. I remember certain times in my life where I faced others hate towards me. Hate that seemed so large that it felt like an anchor that was dragging me down into the darkness that was their hate. I have said the statement to myself a number of times when I made a stand against those who have tried to extinguished the flame inside of me. It has not always been an easy path that I have walked. Sometimes I felt that I was not right for this world. There were even times I wanted it to end.
It was about 17 years ago that something started to blossom in my life and in the way I accepted who I was. It was 5 years ago that life took a change for the better. It was 4 years ago that I was also able to take the first leap into the unknown. I had been told so many times that “You can’t do it.” sadly I listened. Then one day I stopped, I stood up and worked hard at it and I accomplished what someone once told me I could never do. I wrote the Shadow of Ally. I thought at the time it was my Biography. I thought it was a book about my life. But what it really was, was a moment in time where I grew into who I was becoming as a person.
It has taken me a number of years to write my second book. This time I stand and I still say “You never won!” but this time it is for a completely different reason. This time I say it to myself as I have become my own challenger my in my own race. This week I am waiting on confirmation that my publisher will accept my manuscript called The Choice.
As I have said no story is ever new. But how we tell a story can be. I learned a lot about writing my first piece of fiction. I learn a lot about me as a writer. The self-reflection left me knowing I will be writing more as the thrill of creating something that will outlive me. That will be my mark in history (if you know me then you know why history is important). But most of all I am able to stand up and say to the biggest hater of them all “You never won” self-doubt.
It is my biggest pleasure to announce that my book The Choice is finished and will soon be able to be purchased at major retailers within a week. Never hide your talents, be the person that can say to the hate ‘You Never Won!”. Here is a sneak peak at the cover design as a way to say thank you to all the believers, please enjoy.