by Michele Young-Stone, author of THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS and the forthcoming, ABOVE US ONLY SKY, Simon & Schuster, early 2015.
My dad used to drink beer and piss in the driveway. My elementary school friends used to laugh and
I was too sensitive...
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
I often think that if it weren't for my dad, I wouldn't understand the world or myself or people as well as I do. I'm grateful for my father. I'm grateful for the drama I've survived.
I won't ever express in words all the chaos I've endured. I write fiction. But I know the chaos. I know the damaged people. I'm one of them. That's how I'm able to tell stories.
I always tell people, "At a young age, I was written off as a future homeless/bag lady." Nah! Never listen to anyone who tells you what you're supposed to be--who puts you down. I'm a writer. I'm a novelist. I'm a mother, a wife, and a woman always striving to do the best I can.
Pursue what you love. Find your cheese. Eat your cake. Live your life the best way you know how. Be happy!
This is my website. www.micheleyoung-stone.com