The Face You See is my debut novel as a writer and was inspired by some of the challenges I faced as an adolescent. I was born and raised in California where I began volunteering with Youth Programs dedicated to helping teens find mentors. Remembering how lost and confused I was as a teenager gave me the conviction to help those who felt just as alone as I had. I eventually began working in Alaska doing much of the same work before going to Haiti and the Aleutian Islands to build houses, distribute food and medical supplies, as well as disaster relief. I met my husband while working abroad and eventually settled down in Canada where we now have three beautiful children. I am thankful I escaped the circumstances of my childhood but acknowledge the fact that not everyone has the opportunity; most are left with lingering scars. These novels capture that complex moment when a person finds the courage to let go of the painful circumstances of their life, the people that hurt them, and the guilt they feel for leaving while crossing over to accept themselves. My passion has always been to help, to serve, and to protect young women. By writing what I believe are messages of encouragement to those who have been in similar situations to those I have experienced and worked with, I believe they can be given hope. In addition to being a writer, I am also a High School teacher and have always had a passion for books as well as writing stories.
As many of you know, my great passion in life is to write stories that speak words of truth, stories that have meaning because they share an undertone of honesty and transparency about the real issues women face today. The Face You See and The Face Beneath were first created to convey a story about a group of friends that struggle to find peace in turbulent circumstances. The issues depicted in the series vary from abuse, sexual assault, depression, and self-harm while also sharing a journey of love and friendship.
I hope to do these characters justice when I communicate the depths of their struggles and heartbreaks as I weave stories that are both thought-provoking and enjoyable. I love writing stories—as well as reading stories—that make you laugh, bring you to tears, make you throw your hands up in exasperation, inspire you to fall in love over and over while giving you a new perspective to consider. That is what I hope to do every time I sit down to write, but in order to complete this series, I need the help of my readers!
If you have your own story to tell and are willing to share, please email me at email@example.com. I will be compiling Letters from The Broken for my blog. If you choose to reach out to others in similar circumstances, you are welcome to send me the following details:
Your first name (no last names)
Your state or province
Your consent to post online or in books and, most importantly, your personal letter!
This will be a short testimony about the struggles you have faced or are facing presently that others might relate to. Your message might help someone in the same situation! Let your letter open your heart to others, let it be a way for you to help those who need to find the courage to face their own heartbreaks, and let it be a message of honesty and transparency.
These letters will be available to readers of all ages, so please keep your language as clean as possible for younger readers, restrict the letters to 1,000 words or less, and use only first names if you wish; otherwise, keep them anonymous for privacy reasons as well as identity protection.
Send your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.