For the A-to-Z Challenge 2016, I am blogging info on my current work-in-progress, a YA fantasy/adventure mini-series tentatively titled “The Other World”.
When our protagonist, Tori, was a child she was very independent and proud of it. She was the kind of little girl who would see a little boy coming at her with lips puckered and would react by punching him square in the nose. She had no use for boys at all. She fancied herself the kind of girl who would grow up to be a powerful businesswoman who would never let a guy hold her down for any reason.
Of course, many children change as they grow and become teenagers, and eventually Tori met a guy who made her change her way of thinking. It was young love, and that can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be something that changes a person, and not always for the better. Slowly but surely, without ever realizing it was even happening, Tori changed to suit the young man she considered her “true love”. It was a very gradual thing, but as time and their relationship went on, she lost that sense of independence and began more and more to rely on him for her happiness, her sense of worth. This gradual loss of her sense of self is what eventually tipped off the series of events that would flip her life upside-down by taking her parents away from her.
Now, understandably, Tori is jaded against young love. She is hurt, confused, torn up inside, and numb. In a part of her mind that she barely even registers she swears that she’ll never fall in love again because giving in to love just makes the world crumble beneath her.
But there is another now, someone who watches her closely and falls for her a little bit more with each passing day. He’s falling in love with her…but will she ever be able to accept that young love?
I hope you’re enjoying the A-to-Z Challenge and my little snippets of ‘The Other World’! If you’re interested in what else I’ve written, please be sure to check out ‘Nowhere to Hide‘, available on Amazon in both hard copy and e-book versions!