I've yet to post something to my website since I published my very first novel 6 months ago. Today, something tugged with my heart strings enough to remind me why I ever began this wild adventure in the first place.
This afternoon, one of my best friends and I went to see Love, Simon. It was such a beautiful story, one which hasn't been told on our big screens, but something that so many of us have gone through.
I was 16 when I decided that I wanted to write a young adult/coming of age story that inspired and brought hope. I didn't know what that story was going to be or how the hell I was going to do it, but I knew I wanted to. The real reason behind it was because I was going through such a dark time in my life with coming out and there wasn't a single story/movie/novel that I found that I could truly relate to. I'm sure it was out there somewhere, but nothing was 'mainstream'.
Love, Simon was the movie my 16 year old self needed back in the day. And today, its reminded me of why I began this life of writing; to create something so special it inspires and gives hope to people. I'm so proud of this movie and I can only dare to dream that my novel will bring hope to a fraction of those that this movie/novel did.
So thank you to Becky Albertalli, for this movie wouldn't be possible without you.