Run fast and run far, unless you’re fearless. Unless you’re courageous. I’m not, but I’d like to be.
Pearl Jaeger is seventeen and homeless after drugs, poverty, and addiction unraveled the life she shared with JJ, her formerly glamorous rock star mother.
This moment of happiness is fleeting; someone will take it from me.
When tragedy brings a chance to start over at an elite boarding school, she doesn’t hesitate. Yet the only salvation comes from an art teacher as troubled as Pearl, and she faces the stark reality that what she thought she wanted isn’t straightforward.
I trace the outline of my reflection in a window. I am no more than a replica of my mother. This is not the self-portrait I want to paint.
Through the friendships she forms at school—especially with Grant, a boy who shows Pearl what it means to trust and forgive—she begins to see a path not defined by her past. But when confronted with the decision to be courageous or to take the easy way forged by her mother’s failures, which direction will Pearl choose?
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~I write gutsy stories, exploring how people who lose their way often find themselves north or west of where they started—and usually the view is spectacular!
On the page I dive into the gritty bits of friendships and love, exposing vulnerability, longing, and loneliness, and illustrating the exquisite beauty in perseverance, hope, and personal triumph. Fiction writing is a way for me to connect the dots between experience and emotion, you and me, and all those little things in between that make us human. Oh, and it's great fun!
I also wrote a young adult novel, Sugar, and you can read it! Yes! It's true! (Did you notice the abundance of confetti that just appeared everywhere?! Me too! *Does happy dance!*) Writing authorly sentences is the kind of surreal that gives me the fizzies. Thank you for reading!