Today, my debut novel is LIVE. That’s something for me to be excited about. One thing you may not know is this story comes from life experience. My own life.
I wanted to create a character that suffered from addiction to show not only the person suffering from addiction, but the people around them.
I grew up with a father who was an addict. I was lucky enough to have a mother to pull me out of a bad situation before it could impact me more than it had. I know it was hard for her taking care of me by herself when I wasn’t even close to five years old. When I was old enough, my mother gave me the decision of staying in contact with my father, and for that, I will be forever grateful. She never said one bad word about him around me. How she did that, I’ll never know, but I owe everything to her. But you see, if she had talked badly about him or not let me make my own decision on seeing him, she may have pushed me into another life. Because let’s be honest, teenagers rarely want to listen to their parents. Even when the parent is right.
So there I was, a teenager thinking my father was like everyone else’s, but he wasn’t. He had a problem with drinking and drugs. I saw the ugliest side of him when he was drunk. I went to meetings with him when he was clean, and I know those meetings played a huge part in me choosing a different path. At a young age, I saw more than most people will see in a lifetime.
Addiction. Hate. Loss. Grief. Failure. Relapse. Hurt.
I have been estranged from my father for the last seven years. I made the choice to push him out of my life to avoid the addiction he always succumbs too. Do I regret my decision? No, I don’t. But I don’t wish him ill. I hope he has found peace in life. I hope he has found the one thing to push him to get clean for good.
The only thing I want to come from this book is for it to help one person. One person who doesn’t see what they are doing to themselves and others around them. If you know someone suffering from addiction, urge them to get help. No one is a lost cause, we simply need the right motivation.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy, and I already look forward to writing more books that everyone can fall in love with.
Until next time!