I can FINALLY talk about it.

I have a book deal.

Brave Enough will be published by Flux in the spring of 2018.

And y’all…. I probably started writing this book in 2008 (well, not really, but it sure feels like it).

Here’s the announcement in Publishers Weekly.

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And here’s a little summary thanks to my amazing agent, Eric Smith. 

In BRAVE ENOUGH, readers meet Cason, a ballerina pushing herself to the limit, with the opportunity of a lifetime on the line… a scholarship and the chance to join one of the most prestigious ballet troupes in the country. And then there’s Davis, a recovering drug addict, volunteering in his old oncology unit, with the same people who saved him from the cancer that drove him to drugs three years ago.

The two of them collide when Cason is hospitalized, setting them on a path of physical and emotional recovery, as they navigate their new relationship and get ready to attend cancer camp together.

It reads like a mashup of Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, Bunheads by Sophie Flack, Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and I can’t wait for you to read it.

I sat down and decided to write a book about a ballerina with cancer. I wanted a book where the girl loses her leg and doesn’t receive a miracle. I wanted a book where I could talk about some of the things I saw as a cancer survivor. I had no idea that this would happen.

But, oh, I am so glad it is.

 

3 Comments

  1. I NEED this book in my life. I’m a childhood cancer survivor (diagnosed at 14, went into remission at 15, now almost 16) and I’m a competitive dancer. I didn’t have bone cancer, but it’s been so hard for me to get back to where I was before I got sick. I’m not even half the dancer I used to be, but I’m getting there. This book will probably hit me so hard, but I am beyond excited to finally read something I can relate to.

    1. Wow! Thank you so much! Like those words don’t feel big enough, but seriously, that’s such a huge compliment. You will get back. I know it. Chemo takes forever to recover from, be kind to yourself and you’ll get there.

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