There are events in life that are bound to change you. The loss of a loved one. A birth of another. Relationships beginning and ending.
They change you.
Then there are those in-between moments that have an unexpected impact.
For me, it was going to a party that I really didn’t want to attend then meeting my now ex-husband with whom I share 4 wonderful children. Or starting a blog 8 years ago out of boredom that led to a career in copywriting and copy editing.
Unexpected and significant things happen in those in-between moments and one those moments came in the form of an itty bitty hashtag just about a year ago.
That little hashtag started a domino effect, one that I’m certain was destined for me, and culminated in my trip to Chile.
The precise details of how this ridiculous little hashtag led to the book I’m writing is something that I’m just not ready to share…actually I’m not quite sure I’ll ever share it.
Every woman has her secrets and this is but one is mine. But the feelings and essence, oh my dear readers, it’s being written down feverishly.
The original idea for the story, as I shared previously, came to me in the midst of curiously uneasy and deep heartache. It was a wistful loss unlike I had ever felt before…a satisfying longing that makes the heart heavy with grey. The absolute perfection and purpose of the bliss was one that I had not fully understood until I went to Chile.
Even now, having been back home for 5 days, I’m still drunk with all that I saw and experienced there…it was like none other and I feel even more compelled to write the story for if I don’t, I’ll drown.
The story has changed slightly because of new insight.
The characters have grown, because I actually met them.
The sights, scents, tastes, and experience of being at those wineries that I envisioned became real.
And the exhilaration, euphoria, loss, and contentment with where the path leads Laura…I understand it because I lived it.
Coming Summer 2016: Crush.