The Book


I'm going to try my best to talk about my book without giving away any major plot points, just in case I actually manage to get it published one of these days. From the beginning, I've had this story envisioned as a series. I have all eight books of the series outlined, the first is finished, and I recently completed the second chapter of the second book.

Aliana Carlisle awakens in a dark, cramped room with three other people. Like her, they each have a terrible headache and little to no recollection of how they got there. When it is revealed that each of these strangers possesses a supernatural ability, Aliana is forced to digest the confirmed existence of the paranormal, as well as the gravity of her own captivity. By comparison, Aliana is exceedingly ordinary, and can't help but wonder why she was chosen. What's so special about her?

Aliana must set aside her feelings of fear and confusion in order to escape this prison, a task much easier said than done when everybody's powers stop working and they're forced to rely on their natural abilities to find a way out. The group realizes that there are much more than four abductees, and together, they'll do whatever it takes to regain their freedom. They soon learn the hard way that they're up against a small army of guards who will stop at nothing to keep them contained.

As the days stretch into weeks and the weeks become months, the most difficult struggle they face is holding onto hope. After a series of failed breakout attempts and the brutal punishments for disobedience they earn as a result, they must learn to tap into their shared, underlying resilience in order to find the strength to continue fighting. Though they are brought together by horrific circumstances, it soon becomes apparent that these people are bound to one another, connected in ways they have only just begun to understand and, slowly, Aliana starts to piece together her place among them.

Together, these individuals embark upon a journey that shows them who they really are, where they truly belong, and what they are destined to become.

I started writing this series sometime in 2011, finished the first draft in the summer of 2015, and finished my editing and various rewrites towards the end of 2016. I started sending it out to literary agents three months ago, in February of 2017. I only send out a handful of query letters at a time (usually five), then anxiously wait to receive my rejections before beginning the process all over again.

So, why would I subject myself to all of this needless torture? Because, even though I know that the odds are stacked against me, I'll be angrier with myself for not trying than I would be for trying and failing. Sure, most wannabe authors don't make it to publication. I know that. I'm not delusional. And I'm not saying that rejection doesn't sting, because it does. But you have one life and if there's something that you're truly, deeply passionate about, I believe you should go for it with everything you have because it's much worse to regret something you didn't do than something you did. I don't intend to be haunted by what ifs.

I've always been inspired by tales that utilize themes of hardship, adversity, heroism, and humor, particularly if set against a fantastical backdrop. The characters I tend to admire most are the ones who do what needs to be done, even at great personal cost. I also love a good underdog story, and so, it's really no wonder that I aimed to incorporate each of these elements into my own writing. I have always enjoyed finding myself on the pages of a book and I am constantly inspired by the words of others. I can't think of a greater feeling than inspiring another person the way my favorite authors have inspired me.

Nothing in this world would make me happier than having the opportunity to share this story with the world. I spent a quarter of my life working on this, and I truly believe that if one person was willing to take a chance on me, it would be a success. I don't define success by the amount of money it makes or how famous it becomes, though, obviously those would be perks. If someone is able to relate to a character and identifies with their struggles, I'll be a success. If someone laughs, or cries, or finds themselves inspired to write a story of their own after reading my words, I'll be a success. If one person reads this book and feels better for having done so, I'll be a success.

But until then, bring on those rejections.


With love,
Sheyla