Writing that less than perfect HEA
I remember growing up with the likes of: Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice…Boys are made of fishes and snails and puppy dog tails. Yeah right! Sadly, we were reared to believe the hype and that everything was either good or bad. I’m sorry to break the news but life is not so cut and dry. If you still one of the ones that have fallen into that pit of lies, please stop here and do not continue. However, if you can relate to where I’m heading, then please continue on.
Firstly, let’s take a look at HEA (Happily Ever After). Many people want to achieve this in life, both personally and with their stories. There was a point in time where I believed that no matter what stage we reached in life, the HEA was highly attainable. No matter what someone might’ve done, they would have a picket-fence ending and receive all that their heart desired. I believe we do ourselves a severe injustice when we bypass the what ifs and curve ball that might catch us off guard. Moreover, life is a constant process in which we are meant to continually grow.
My latest release is titled Loving Nate. It is about a young woman named Leah that falls in love with a man that she believes is perfect. Leah is so caught up in this perfection and wanting that ultimate relationship that she does not even realize she is being played like a banjo. In this novella, I utilize first person present tense to get into the mind of the female character and am able to allow readers to totally experience all that she goes through. Readers can fall in lust and love, and eventually follow Leah into total heartbreak. When the novella runs out and Leah is forced to make a decision, I offer two very different analogies. Might I add that the alternates are not quite what readers would expect especially the second of the two. My purpose in doing so is to show that there is more than one way to look at the longed for Happily Ever After scenario. Sometimes, HEA could mean breaking free and being able to achieve a sense of self worth.
Loving Nate is Leah's story of falling in love with Mr. Perfect. Leah falls fast and hard, losing all sense of reasoning. Love can do that to a gal, especially when the guy is as smooth as Nathan Moore. Loving Nate is about Leah's journey of falling in love, when she should have been standing in love.
I’ve decided to provide two very different endings to this novella. Have you ever made a decision and wondered whether or not it was the right choice? Or perhaps you made the right choice because you knew that the alternative would’ve been disastrous? This is my gift to readers. Regardless of Leah’s final choice, I wanted readers to be able to reflect on the possibilities.
Janice Ross was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure she has not physically been around the world and back, but she’s travelled in her mind and dreams.
Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences. Janice’s debut release was entitled Damaged Girls. She uses the three books in that series to detail the effects of different forms of abuse, discussing issues that are known to be taboo. Her next release, Jumping Ship, is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series – due out in 2014. It’s poised to be a colorful and emotional experience of life, love and family. As of present, she is also a contributor to a short story collection – Just Between Us, Inspiring Stories by Women. And lastly, Loving Nate is a novella about the realities of losing one’s self to love.
Janice enjoys reading. And is drawn to stories with distinct characters that she can love or hate, characters she can form alliances with or characters that she can swear off and despise. She is also weak for a good cultural tale, preferably in the form of historical fiction. Janice loves to be taken off guard by clever language and settings.
Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio.
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