Been working on a book for years. Started over many times. Finally settled in on turning my life story into a fiction novel. Changing everyone's name was the hardest part! But I love the freedom it gives me to finish parts that I don't remember, or rearrange the order of some events. Now it has become more about the main character, Christina, and turning it into a good story.
This version begins with Christina waking up in the hospital after a fatal car accident, where her horse didn't survive. She has broken bones, a collapsed lung, and a concussion. She struggles with some memory loss too. I chose to begin the story here, because every time I got to this part of the book there were too many gaps in my memory. This resolves many issues because I can go back and forth in time to to tell the story.
Now it is becoming an exciting novel, and I can remain objective instead of getting emotionally tangled as I recount the child abuse and foster homes that were part of my life. I also have the freedom to exaggerate or down play as much as I want too. Instead of just a sad story, it is one of victory and truth as the point of view is from heaven instead of from my own perspective.
I have a lot to learn about publishing, but I am doing the work and hope to get it out there soon! I am revising, having it edited, and researching literary agencies and publishing companies.
This is the beginning of a whole new journey for me!