Author Brenda Perlin is not only a wonder writer but is also a diligent and enthusiastic supporter of other authors. She is a great friend to me, and I highly recommend her book:
I started writing my life story (I know that sounds rather daunting) as I was approaching thirty and was engaged to my boyfriend of nearly two years. At the time, I was searching for something important to do with my life. Maybe because I wasn’t feeling so good about myself and was looking for some inspiration? How better than to go back in time and contemplate your life? In a way, that is what I did.
This story of my life was meant to answer some questions that I was still searching for answers to. At twenty-nine, I was floundering around and yet wishing for some deeper meaning to my life. Even though self-doubt filled me, I kept on writing hoping to find some clarity.
The original novel was meant to be a coming-of-age story, which was about a confused young woman, an outcast who was finding her way in the world. This girl was getting married but she didn’t feel like a blissful bride. It was as if she was on the outside looking in. None of it felt real to her, and yet she yearned to be that happy person who would be donning a white dress with all the accessories to match. Instead, she found out the the wedding business was a sham and none of it was going to make her any happier.
Even though this story developed into something entirely different from what I had originally envisioned, the essence of the tale was about finding your own happiness.
It’s been years since I started this story of mine but it has become a part of me. Through the years, this piece of writing has taken on a life of it’s own.
The book is entitled Shattered Reality, which delves upon the losses and disappointments I’ve endured throughout my life. Even with the negative connotation the title represents, I still see this story as one filled with hope and perhaps, even a little bit of inspiration. My life is not over, and I do believe this girl can still find her happy ending.