I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.
Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…
What influenced me to become a writer
by Cindy R. Wilson
Being creative, especially as a kid, wasn’t so much a choice as it was a tool for survival. After all, this was back when computers were scarce and game consoles were just starting to become a thing. And forget cell phones. So when I was bored, I created. When my sisters and brother were bored, they said, “Tell us a story.” And I did. I loved creating worlds and characters and entertaining people. So it was only a matter of time before I became more serious about it.
First, it was just about occupying my time in a way I loved. But once I started sharing my stories with other people and they enjoyed them, I realized that even though I wasn’t a very social person, I could still influence people with my words. In a quiet way. Then I discovered books. I wasn’t much of a reader until middle school but by that time I’d already started writing my first book. And let me tell you, finding books I loved, books that transported me to new worlds, made all the difference. I started creating stories to help stave off boredom, but I began writing books when those stories needed to be told.
Since then, I’ve written dozens of books. Some to try to get published and some just for fun. But also since then, I haven’t looked back. I wanted to be a writer for a majority of my life and I can’t ever see that changing. It’s truly wonderful to be able to recognize your dream and then be able to pursue it with your whole heart.
About the Author
Cindy R. Wilson is a YA speculative and contemporary author whose own struggles with anxiety disorder inspired her to write a story with a real-life topic readers can relate to. She lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and loves using Colorado towns and cities as settings for her stories. She’s the mother of three girls who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels.
When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking some of Colorado’s tallest peaks, reading, or listening to playlists she’s created for her next story idea.