I incorporate real-life events and emotions into my writing, as many authors do. Storytelling is my creative outlet. If I don't tell the full story, I feel my work is incomplete.
When I began The Petty House, I worked from emotion, as always. My grandma, my best friend, had been diagnosed with cancer and writing was my catharsis. The idea for The Petty House sprang from a series of short stories I planned to release here, on this blog, but quickly sprang into a mini-novel as I coped with my complicated emotions.
Her recent passing devastated me in ways I could not comprehend. I journaled, but I reflected on my original grief.
Revising The Petty House felt right, as my initial, raw emotions are wrapped in the original story. I felt as if a chapter in my life closed with her passing, a devastating realization. I felt I needed to amend my story, as it no longer felt complete without the final chapter. I hope you all enjoy the revised edition of The Petty House, as it brought me so much comfort and closure to write.