How paranoia made my wildest dreams come true (and enter to win a copy of the dream!)
It’s a long running joke in my family that I wrote a book because I somehow convinced myself that it would save my child’s life. When I had to return back to work, the sound of my daughter’s ear piercing cries would still ring in my ears hours and hours later. I would remember how my mother and sisters and in-laws and husband and I would pass her around and around, each taking a turn at trying to get her to be comfortable, to fall asleep, all of us praying to the gods that she’d give her poor larynx and our ears just one minute of rest. Just ONE.
It was okay that she cried when it was amongst those that loved her. But when she had to go to day care, I imagined the worst happening in the company of people who were only taking care of her because it paid slightly more than minimum wage. I was always waiting for that phone call from the day care’s director, telling me that Miss Sherry was removed in a strait jacket with her ears bleeding while my child was being extricated from the bottom of a dumpster. It drove me crazy. And in my state of crazy, I convinced myself that MAYBE I could write a book and become a stay-at-home-mom if I was just diligent enough.
I went out and bought a couple of “How to write a novel” books. I eschewed the idea of sleep and dedicated at least three hours each night to my task. I made lots of promises to St. Anthony. And I told myself that, for Toni’s safety and well being, I wouldn’t give up.
Well, she’s now eleven going on TWELVE. Not only did Miss Sherry not kill my little girl, but neither did Miss Burris or Ms. Romero or Mrs. Parker or Mr. Dalton or the countless other teachers and day care providers whom I’ve entrusted with the safety and well being of my slightly high maintenance child. The payoff for all these years of diligence is that now I can say that I’ve written a novel. It’s called Rosetta Stones, and it’s now available for pre-order from Amazon. So yay for crazy!
If you are a reader who enjoys throwing your name into virtual hats to receive free stuff from bloggers, let me know in the comments. I will have my sweet daughter Toni randomly select two people to receive a free signed copy.
This is a taste of what you’ll be getting: It’s a story of four close friends who witness a terrifying crime when they encounter a psychopathic killer in the remote Gila wilderness of southwestern New Mexico. In the chaos that follows, two entities-one good and one pure evil-fight for control of their souls as they struggle toward a terrifying climax that will change their lives forever. At turns frighteningly violent and nearly sublime, Rosetta Stones is a coming-of-age story that transcends the divisions of race and culture through the power of friendship and redemptive love.
So, tell me, has mental illness ever worked to your benefit?