Today, I officially become a two-time published author with the release of my new love story, Forgetting My Way Back to You. Over the course of several months, I’ve posted multiple blogs about it, but I haven’t given you the true Behind the Pages details that make this book so special to me.
Like any book, Forgetting My Way Back to You started as a tiny seed. In this case, the seed was in a sixteen-year-old girl’s mind, where it could’ve easily died of hormone overload! Jokes aside, I was going through the throws of teenage life with the drama and yes, tears, and I wished I could forget my troubles. If only I could get amnesia and forget them…
I attempted to write my first draft in the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school, but I soon figured out how unequipped I was at that age. After I graduated, though, I went back to it, and despite some setbacks, I finished it in about two years. To my thrill, it attracted immediate attention from a well-known publisher, but—still in the days of snail mail—they lost my manuscript. It worked out for the best, however, since they closed their doors within months.
While proud of it, I began to see, again, my immaturity shine through in the plot. It chronicled the travails of an engaged couple being pulled apart by the groom’s ex-girlfriend, who schemed to sabotage their relationship. During an argument on a Florida beach, the bride was hit by a rogue wave, and the head trauma she suffered caused her selective amnesia. Melodramatic, you say? Yeah, I realized that, too, so I set it aside for a while.
Meanwhile, I had similar doubts about a high school romance I wrote, and I pretty much marked them both down as writing experience, never to see the light of day. In time, however, I saw hope for the two and realized what they lacked: each other. Thus, I decided to insert parts of the high school romance as flashbacks into the one about amnesia. As a result, the couple’s history enriched the story, giving Charlee, the protagonist, more to lose when she forgets her boyfriend, Hunter.
I resumed shopping it to publishers in 2017, and my persistence paid off; three publishers showed interest in it within the first three months. Of course, I ended up with Vinspire Publishing, who released it almost one year—to the day—later.
The experience was a long, mostly uphill battle, but all in all, I’m grateful for it. It gave me experience and taught me a lot about myself both professionally and personally. I’m proud of it more than I am any of my works to date, because of how far it’s come and how much I’ve gained in the process. I hope the time and care I’ve given it will translate to readers, and give them an ‘unforgettable’ few hours of enjoying it!
About Forgetting My Way Back to You
At one point or another, everybody finds themselves wanting a second chance, whether it be missing the mark on an investment, failing to live up to a certain goal, or letting a true love slip away. It’s very seldom, however, that one receives the proverbial do-over.
Charlee Stoll and Hunter Jett become the modern-day exception. After a decade-long estrangement, the high school sweethearts reconnect when Hunter, fresh off a career in arena football, returns to his hometown. Their reunion catches both of them by surprise, and they quickly recapture the love they once shared. When Hunter begins to rethink his choices, though, tragedy strikes. During a heated confrontation, Charlee’s thrown off a horse and sent into a week-long coma.
When she awakens with no clue who he is, he seizes the chance to right his wrongs, but it proves more challenging than he expects. On top of romancing her, he must overcome her father’s displeasure, another ex-boyfriend vying for her love, and her own mission to regain her memory. Through charm and deception, can he win back her love…before she discovers the truth?