UPDATE: The first draft of Chain Reaction was completed September 29th and is now with the editors.
I started working on a new book last night. Here is the initial premise.
A STORY OF SERENITY, COURAGE, AND WISDOM
“Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
In a world filled with moral ambiguity, liberal idealism, rhetoric instead of conviction, avoidance of personal responsibility, false feelings of entitlement, and educational institutions that seem to focus on the lowest common denominator rather than the highest possible potential of their students, one young woman displays uncharacteristic and unequalled serenity, courage, and wisdom in the face of incredible odds. Follow the journey of Sophie, a women in her early twenties, as she overcomes the mental and physical abuse from her childhood to create a leader, a fighter, and a whole woman who is content only with overcoming the odds and breaking the cycles that would attempt to hold her back from her goals.
This is a different genre that usual for me. I would classify this as Young Adult. But it is a story about someone who has learned critical life lessons. The most important one is this: Our life is defined by the choices we make, not by fate. No matter what hand we’re dealt, it’s our choice how we play that hand. We are what we make of ourselves, good or bad. If we allow someone else to determine what we are, that is still our choice. We can either live under the chains or break the chains. The past is just the path that brought us to where we are, not what dictates where we’re going. We choose the path.