I am always amazed when I meet someone that doesn’t like to read. One of my greatest memories is of learning how to read. I was so excited and that excitement has not lessened. It has been transformed into my love for books. I couldn’t imagine existing without reading. I love words, books, and stories. I have a habit now of talking to people that I don’t know more than ever. I have become my mother. [Insert laughter here.] I think that’s because I am so interested in their story. I like to get to know people on an intellectual level. I have never been impressed by “things,” but always impressed by intelligence.
By intelligence I don’t mean something that can necessarily be scored on the IQ Test. Intelligence to me is more than traditional education. Life is a great educator. Of course, I think its important to acquire at least a high school diploma, and an undergraduate degree, trade or skill. However, the intelligence that impresses me isn’t acquired in a book, or classroom. The intelligence that keeps me focused comes from “your story!” It doesn’t have to be one of trials and tribulations. It just has to be your story including the lessons you have learned, and the growth that has occurred as a result.
My goal as an author is to inspire, enlighten, and encourage. Through my young adult books, readers will be reminded of his or her value, and how important self love is in this sometimes challenging world. Through each journey, the characters face issues that many young adults face. In developing these fictional characters, I have paid close attention to the voice I wanted to create. I was a kid once. I went through some of the things kids are going through today, and with a few bumps and bruises, I made it. I want my readers to understand that they will make it too.
BrookLyn Scott will be the first character that I introduce and share with the young adult LGBT population. I am excited to bring her story to life. BrookLyn’s Journey might be similar to some of my readers, and I hope they enjoy it!!