"There's something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk." -Drew Barrymore
Maybe that's one of the secrets to happiness, what do you think?
Well, these days I'm working on finalizing the manuscript for Book #2 within the South Louisiana High Series and this one is called, Unafraid- Gina's Story.
Unafraid hits pretty close to home in that it's about a young woman who, while she was growing up, knew exactly what she wanted in life, but somehow got lost along the way, ended up settling for the ordinary and now has to either continue suppressing her dreams or throw caution to the wind and go after her heart's desire.
I loved writing Gina because she's really funny- she's an ADD movie-geek who kind of lives in a daydream (lol, yeah, I prolly should've just named her Paula) and everything she see's/experiences either reminds her of a movie or sparks some long-winded story in her imagination. So, Gina has a tendency to tune out of reality while her imagination goes off on weird tangents. I don't know if anyone else will like this character, but I definitely enjoyed writing her story.
And writing Gina's story made me realize two things:
(1) Good advice can come along unexpectedly and that's why we have to pay attention to life's whispers.
(2) It's never too late to pursue our dreams.
I hope that when you read Unafraid (if you read it, ha!) you'll find it inspiring-or at least slightly humorous. I mean Gina's some kind of cross between Mindy Lahiri, Ally McBeal, and Emily Owens so yeah...the poor woman is crazy.
But enough about Gina's insanity- what about you? Have you ever had to overcome a fear to pursue something that you really wanted?