I just had a really nice moment that I wanted to write about – and for once, nothing that has to do (directly!) with mental health.
Late yesterday, I got the Email from my publisher, giving me the final version of my book, Redemption. I opened it up about an hour ago, and to my pleasant surprise, discovered that it wasn’t final edits – there was just some grammatical stuff – it was ready. I sent it back, giddy. My book is almost ready!
Redemption was my therapy. I started it a little more than three years ago when my life became more overwhelming than I ever thought it could have. The idea picked up on something that I had dreamed up twenty years ago, when I first thought that I may want to write. More information about the book is here and you can read a summary below.
Redemption, unquestionably, helped save me. It gave one of the roughest periods of my life meaning and gave me an opportunity to share a story with the rest of the world. It is a young adult, sci-fi dystopia, but I tried to make it different by weaving in the very real themes of depression, anxiety and loss, themes that have punctuated my life and likely yours, too.
I have no idea how it is going to sell – well, I hope – but I do know that this book, like the blog, gave me an opportunity to discuss an issue that I care deeply about, and hopefully inspire others to know they aren’t alone and a better life can be there’s.
As time goes on, I’ll have more to say about Redemption, and I really want to share the writing journey I went through, because I think that can be helpful to others. Art can save.
More info on Redemption below. It should be available in the next couple of months!
Asher Maddox fell asleep a twenty year-old, depressed college drop-out. He woke up sixty years in the future, Captain of a spaceship charged with saving humanity.
It’s 2083. Ash and nineteen other teenagers find themselves onboard the Redemption. Attacked by an unseen force from the moment they arrive, the crew must instantly bond, learn how to fly and escape whatever is trying to kill them.
Their arrival onboard the Redemption is no accident. Ash and his crew must stop an alien attack which resulted in the Spades virus wiping out most of humanity.
Each answered question only creates more puzzles. Why them? Who are the aliens that keep attacking them? How did Spades get created in the first place? Can the ship get the various pieces of the vaccine before the aliens attack Earth? And, most importantly: How can Ash save the planet, when his depression and anxiety won’t even let him save himself?
Coming first half of 2018.