In preparation for the new release Dec. 1st for Happiness Is A Commodity, I’m rebooting, so to speak, my short story which was released earlier this year about depression.
“The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With an Original Title” was written as sort of a dare, in response to a talented book blogger who was ranting about all of the books with the word “Girl” in the title. I decided I’d write a story in response to her posts, with nothing but the title in mind as I began.
While the title is sort of light-hearted and self-deprecating, the story itself went in a much darker direction than I had originally intended. Of course, it wasn’t until the story started taking shape that I realized what the tale was about, and that the girl wasn’t searching for a title to a story, but rather one for her suicide note.
As she writes, she falls between the lines of the page, into a world that represents the vast landscapes and pitfalls mental illness can inhabit. It’s a world many of us have visited, in our own way; some of us spending more time there than in the real world.
It’s an important story, in my mind anyway, and one that I’m especially proud of. And yet the title and cover just haven’t represented what’s hidden within its pages. As I’ve revisited this theme of living with depression with this new book that will be coming out, I decided I’d revisit this story, at least supplying it with a cover and title that make more sense for the journey within.
So here it is, republished under the title “The Lines,” with a new cover which is far more representative of the story:
If you haven’t yet given this one a shot, it’s now available through most online retail chains including Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo for just $0.99. Or you can sign up for my newsletter and receive it for free, along with 2 other books, one of which is ONLY available to subscribers.
So check out both the old and new covers and let me know what you think! And if you happen to read this one, I’d love to hear your thoughts, and would be honored if you left an honest review on Amazon, GoodReads, or the retail chain of your choice.
Fiction has always been, and will continue to be, a place where difficult topics and themes can be explored, where terrors can be brought to life, where the unimaginable can take shape and draw its dark reflections upon reality. Where would we be without it?