In my debut, Will You Love Me Again? readers only see a glimpse of Lucy. Rather I showed more of who she was with David instead of who she is as an individual. In Where Will We Go? both Lucy and I get to explore who she really is, who she's always been. In turn, this narrative is for her personal growth.
Lucy is going through a lot when we reconnect with her in this very anticipated sequel. She is newly divorced and about to jet off to a foreign country for the adventure of a lifetime. But, her past is still banging at the corners of her mind, unsolved and ruining every hour of her existence. In this new story, readers will find out just how she will conquer her past and strive towards her future.
I can't wait to share more with you, my readers. I hope y'all enjoy this excerpt from Where Will We Go?.
Two years of marriage ruined by one drunken mistake.
At the young age of 22, fresh out of college, I married my high school sweetheart. Our life together was perfect, too perfect. We fell into sync, effortlessly.
Trouble rose to the surface faster than either of us expected or asked for after saying “I do,” in June 2018. Only two years later, my then-husband, David Lee, went to a bar with his high school buddies. After too many drinks, a woman came up behind him and started flirting. David slipped his ring into his pocket, took the woman’s hand, and went home with her.
I didn’t find out for almost a week. In a heated fight on June 2, 2020, I kicked him out of our house. A few months later, I broke my silence with my best friend, Jenny Thompson Morgan, and spilled the beans on what went down with David. She urged me to do what was best for me and that she thought he was a jerk.
We needed a guy’s opinion. I reached out to Michael Sparks, one of my friends from college. He reminded me that cheating isn’t acceptable, and I shouldn’t have to wait around to see if he did it again. Do your heart a favor and file for divorce before it gets worse, he said.
In August 2020, I filed for divorce from my high school sweetheart. A year later, he announced his engagement to the woman that ended our marriage.
- Preface, Where Will We Go?
Where Will We Go is a self-discovery story about a woman’s journey after a devastating divorce. She struggles with self-doubt, heartache, and nightmares that ultimately make her stronger through her road to pure happiness.
As an author, I put Lucy through the wringer in my debut novel, Will You Love Me Again? Therefore, Where Will We Go? serves as her finding herself after terrible heartbreak and divorce. Before we can move forward, I need to share why I wrote her story this way, and why I wanted the sequel to shine a light on the aftermath of heartbreak.
Her story is my story. Wait, what? Yes, I embedded myself into my book - Lucy’s fictional world is crafted from my reality. She is merely a piece of me and situations I wished I had handled better in my life. That is why she is my saving grace. When I had no one to comfort me, she was there. I wrote more chapters because I needed to drain my mind of all the terrible heartbreaks I had endured. Lucy needed to show the world that even after heartbreak, we can rise again. We can conquer the pain one day at a time.
Lucy is a symbol of hope for me. I want her to be one for people all over the world.
My hope is to shed light on the good parts of heartbreak and the beauty that comes after it.
Let no one dim your light because you are meant to shine. Don’t let heartbreak tear you down, instead let it show you where you are going next. Open the door in front of you and keep walking. Keeping moving. Time doesn’t stop and neither should you. Take a deep breath and embrace the pain. Find beauty in ending one chapter and starting a new one.
Lucy and David’s divorce wasn’t her final chapter. She has plenty of more chapters to experience and I can’t wait to share more of her adventures with y’all. Where Will We Go? is Lucy’s journey. This is her time to shine and to find out exactly who she is and what she wants in life.
Where Will We Go? is meant to be a safe place for those healing from or experiencing heartache. They are welcome, seen, and heard in my space and/or pages.
Over the next weeks, I’m going to be sharing excerpts and stories from my book, Where Will We Go? in this article series. Where Will We Go? launched on December [ ] 2021 on Amazon, here is the link to buy it on Amazon! If you want to connect, you can reach me here via email firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on social: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.