Carisa Wells ~ My Debut Novel
Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God… This book, my debut novel and my first of many, is a symbol of so many things. It represents a dream come true, hard work, answered prayers, acknowledgment and change.
My book is a Young Adult Fiction in the Faith & Spirituality genre. It’s about a struggling fourteen-year-old named Krystal, who is cutting in order to cope with changes in her life. While the story is fiction, the main character is based on a real girl, someone I’ve known forever and love dearly. She is my muse. A plethora of research, interviews and heart went into creating the vivid characters that cross Krystal’s path in Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God.
How did this all come to be? I don’t really know. Something about growing up as an only child gives the imagination an extra spark! Extra sparks do wonders for reading.
I’ve been a reader my entire life. In junior high and high school, there would often be a novel on top of my stack of schoolbooks. It was always smaller than everything else in my arms and constantly slid around while I was walking through the halls. Most of the time, the book would have a Stephen King or Dean Koontz title. Because I was painfully shy, I kept just a few close friends and busied myself with reading in my spare time throughout the day. Reading is a lifesaver during moments of awkward silence.
My first real memory of enjoying the writing process was in grade school. We’d been learning about the science of weather, and our assignment was to write a weather report. My teacher said we could pick any location, so I chose Mars. My meteorologist was abducted by aliens midway through his report. I figured that was okay, since she didn’t specify the location had to be on this planet. I got an A and note in red from the teacher telling me how creative I was! It felt good.
You might think I got this crazy writing bug about that time, and I have been slamming out stories ever since. But no, my story doesn’t get quite that fascinating. Every now and then in school or in college, I’d get a writing assignment that resonated with me. I’d rock out something awesome and get an amazing grade that gave me the warm fuzzies.
Writing a book has always been in the back of my mind, but I spent my whole life telling myself I couldn’t do it. I’m an expert at psyching myself out! Since then, I’ve laid many negative voices to rest. I still have to silence those voices at times, but now I know better than to believe them. I’ve been receiving wonderful and encouraging feedback from my beta readers and editors about my new book. Every time one of those voices tries to pipe up, I just go back and read one of their emails.
Currently, I’m writing the sequel to Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God. The original intention was for it to be a standalone novel, but God had other plans. I didn’t realize there was a second book to Memoirs when I started writing, but after a few minor changes, “Voila!” I have a book two.
One of my favorite parts of this journey has been meeting fascinating people. If you’d like to connect with me, check out my website and drop me a line. There are multiple ways you can reach me. If you pick up a copy of my book and enjoy it, please leave me a review. While reviews help other buyers, they’re essential to the authors as well.
It’s been great sharing my story with you. I’m offering fans of Amused Now a chance to purchase my e-book from Smashwords for only $1.00 USD, which is 75% off the regular price of $3.99 USD. If interested, go out to Smashwords and enter the following promo code: PV75L. This offer is good through July 31.
Peace and blessings, Peeps! Hope to see your review!