How quickly life can change is a cliché and it’s a cliché for a reason – it’s true. If I take a step back, I self-published because I’d reached a point whereby I’d had enough of being rejected. It left me with two clear choices. I either called it a day and used my time to do something else or I continued to write under a different model. While I debated my next journey in life the idea for The Denounced came to me.
I have a small confession – I’ve always been an avid reader, but not of YA Fiction. In fact, I’d have to scratch my head to remember the last time I read a YA book before I wrote The Denounced. The genre just wasn’t on my radar until one night everything changed with three simple questions. They were:
1. Who are your mentors?
2. Who do you turn to when you're in trouble?
3. Who can you trust?
I had originally planned to write an adult thriller. The book was to be called the Devil’s Kiss. I had completed the research. I had a main character. A story outline. A workable ending and I was ready to start the first draft when I bumped into some unexpected emotions. It was an odd moment that ultimately changed the course of my writing career and maybe even my life.