Hello everyone, I am apologising for being so quiet, but.. I’ve been busier than Theresa May trying to negotiate the last few weeks.
But, as it stands, I have news. I want to introduce to you a beautiful lady named Melanie Wright, and she is the subject of my next book.
Melanie is not fictional, and neither is her story. The project I’ve been so busy on, is something I never thought I’d do: write someone else’s biography. And I have no idea how I got into it. Memory fades, but I remember meeting Mel on a cold spring morning at Tony’s Spaghetti Grill last year, thinking I’ll give her a beer of my time to listen to what she had to say, go home, talk to the wife, think it over.
A third of that beer in I knew that there was no way I couldn’t not write this story. It had my name all over it. I sat there and listened to her talk for a good three hours, and knew this was just the beginning…
Mel’s story is truly terrifying, and if it was ever written as fiction, it would be thrown out as “too unrealistic”. It’s like Forest Gump, but everything goes bad! How one person could live through the life that Mel has, and not just still be alive, but be the person, the human, that she is, is beyond me. This is the ultimate spoiler: Mel’s story has a happy ending. She competed in the Mrs Universe pageant in December last year! While it is not quite a rags-to-riches story, it is a human story, one of pain, one of resilience, one of overcoming, one of survival.
I will be honest here: it is not a pleasant book to write. I’m struggling. Not with the technicalities of writing, though that is admittedly a surprisingly large challenge, but with the content. Putting Mel’s experiences, stories, emotions, into words is a very personal and traumatic journey for me. And an absolute privilege to write.
I doubt it will be a fun or enjoyable book to read. But it is hands down the most important work I’ve ever done in my life. And it is an important book. It may not go down in history as a great classic. It may not quite be The Diving Bell and the Butterfly or Anne Frank’s diary, but you know what, it is still something everyone should read. It’s a book that deserves it’s place in the sun, because it is a story that that spent it’s life battling in the shade. A story of a woman who lost everything, and gained the Universe.
“The Imperceptible Difference Between Wrong and Wright” (Working title) is scheduled for release in 3, 4 month’s time, if I can get all my ducks in a row and manage to stick to my writing schedule.
But keep an eye out for this one, it will be worth it.