This month StuckInBooks is holding their annual Jumping Genre Blog Hop. Last year, I reviewed a few books outside of a genre I would typically read. This year, I want to talk about writing genres outside of my typical territory. In just a little under two weeks my New Adult novel, Finding the Cure will be released. This novel was a big step for me in exploring uncomfortable territory, specifically cancer. While writing about death and dying isn’t all that new to me, watching it happen in such a slow agonizing way was. I’ve never written a book about an incurable illness, let alone one as serious as cancer, but this time around I tackled it and the fears that come with jumping genres. I constantly questioned whether I was capturing the pain, sadness and anger such an event can cause, and then, even more so, the growth of the characters throughout the journey. At the end of the novel, I felt I had, because I also felt like I had grown as a person and a writer. This novel was a roller coaster of tears and emotions. There was one night where my husband forced me to turn off the computer, and I sat sobbing in his arms for almost an hour. While I always feel I have a deep connection to my characters, this time it was different. Each time I write a novel, I write it for a specific reason. Internally, I’m fighting to understand things I can’t comprehend, through the eyes of my characters. This year I’ve been challenging myself more and more to go outside of my comfort zone, and I think by doing this, I’ve become a much better writer. From death and dying to drugs and alcohol– this year I’m going to press boundaries, and hopefully, I’ll be jumping with joy by the end of it. Today’s giveaway includes paper swag for all of my novels including Finding the Cure. Don’t forget to hit up the other blogs and leave some love!
Ellie Abela’s life has been anything but easy. Tragedy follows her where ever she goes, and she’s been a lot of places. At twenty she’s lived in over ten different states, all because of her dad’s career in medical research. His career is just another list of the causes of tragedies in El’s life. He’s dying, and with every breath he takes closer to Heaven, Ellie dies a little bit inside too.
At twelve she lost her mom in a drunk driving accident, and in a matter of months she fears she’ll lose the last person she has in the world to cancer.
While Ellie’s life has been rife with sadness, Trent Wentworth’s has been a challenge. A drug-addicted mom and a dead-beat dad meant at twenty three he was the adoptive father of his two year old sister. Now at twenty five he’s working his way up the corporate ladder and a struggling single parent.
Each is searching for a cure to the things in their lives dragging them down.
Not all cures are black and white; not all cures save us–and sometimes saving isn’t what we need. Sometimes we just need to realize how lucky we are to be alive, at least for this moment.
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