I have always felt like an outsider. A red rose in an otherwise white garden. The one who drowns yet floats simultaneously. While everyone around me was partying and creating this scandalous lifestyle, I was sitting at home with my nose in a book and my head in the clouds. Despite being warned to be cautious of Icarus, I admired him. I suppose flying too close to the sun was worth it if he could soar near the stars. One book after another, I found that literature took me to new worlds, safer, more beautiful places. The kind of places I would only dream of finding here on earth. In a sense, that could be viewed as a melancholy revelation, but, instead, it gave me a new sense of determination. My determination to create a magical land where everyone is accepted for who they are. A place that anyone can visit when life becomes too much or when the day gets too overwhelming. My heart and soul in literary form, ‘Beyond the Darkness.’
Targeted Age Group:: Young adult/teenagers
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Whenever I feel low I always find myself turning to literature as a form of comfort and safety, I’m transported to this beautiful, magical place where I can be unapologetically myself without any consequence or oppressing views. This, in turn, inspired me to try and showcase the heart-breaking, realistic truth of how tough times can get but no matter how dark the night there will always be a way through and the sun will rise again. In this particular case, I wanted to make it known that beyond the sun and the stars, the brightest light of all comes from within every individual person. The brightest light is in you, you just have to find it.
Dusk comes too soon,
The dark reappears,
On your way out I will take your fears,
Just know the world outside the door,
Is big, beautiful and so much more,
Then what we can see every day,
Grab my hand, I’ll take you away,
A world of comfort, a magical place,
Life is a saunter, never a race.
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