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Friday, May 01, 2020

Author Guest Blog- Letters to God by Krystal Doolittle


If I were to give aspiring writers advice, I think the first thing I would tell them is to simply believe in yourself. Don’t wait for those around you to support you or tell you to go for it. They might not ever support your dream. That’s okay, you don’t need them to. When you love to write and tell stories, that’s all that matters. Not everyone will like what you write, and your family or friends may be some of those people. That doesn’t mean that what you’re writing is no good. It just means they aren’t your audience.

When I started, I wanted everyone to read my story before I was brave enough to put it out there. The problem was, nobody would actually read it. Everyone was “too busy”. I thought for the longest time that meant that it was terrible! I hid my stories away and stopped talking about them. But one day, I saw on a job website that someone was looking for a ghostwriter for their fiction novel idea. I used the book that I had written as an example and landed the job. When I was done, they absolutely loved what I’d come up with. Fast forward a few months and I had been able to work from home full time writing fiction for others.


That’s when I knew that not having the support of those around me didn’t mean I didn’t have a good story. I just didn’t have the right people for my writing. The scariest part, for me, when it came to starting my author career was believing enough in what I had written to put myself out there. I always had an issue with self-esteem and standing out. I found that pushing past those fears and giving myself all the support I needed when I started made all the difference. When you put yourself first, and what you need is a priority, you’ll be surprised in what you can accomplish. Knowing your worth and believing in yourself is half the battle. You can always hire proofreaders to help with things like grammar and sentence structure. As long as you have a passion and a story you want to tell to the world, you have what it takes to be a writer.

Letters to God
Krystal Doolittle

Genre: Religious/Spiritual
Date of Publication: March 13, 2020
ISBN: 9798612411468
ASIN: B08544CKH9
Number of pages: 120
Word Count: 37,413

Cover Artist: Krystal Doolittle

Tagline: What if God looked like you and me?

Book Description:



Rowan MacAllister never realized that she had become stuck in a boring cycle in her life until one day everything comes crashing down. Her best friend insists that they go to a new local psychic shop as a way to break out of the rut she’d been stuck in. But Rowan finds herself receiving wise advice that she takes to heart. She should start writing letters to let out everything that had been bottled up for far too long.

Penning a letter to God, she finds strange things happen the next day along with meeting an older woman named Mary. The two become fast friends and Mary seems to unknowingly address the letters that Rowan continues to write to God while they are apart. The coincidences become too much for Rowan who begins to wonder if perhaps Mary IS God.

Rowan searches for answers while putting the pieces of her life back together. Meanwhile learning that her thoughts truly do alter her reality and that sometimes the things you think are a curse can turn out to be a blessing in disguise.


Excerpt:

She stood and hurried toward the hall and I saw her slip into the bathroom. After a moment, I heard the sink turn on with a rush of water. Soon, it was turned back off and she reappeared with a damp rag.
“Here,” she said as she draped it over my face. “Lean back and relax for a moment.”
I did as I was told, resting my head on the back of the couch and closed my eyes. She positioned it so that the bulk of it was on my swollen eyelids. It was cold, but it felt good against my skin.
“Your clothes are fine, so you don’t need to change. But where could we go?” she said as if she were speaking to herself. Plus, I had to admit that it felt nice to have someone taking care of me at the moment. Even if she was trying to force me out into the world.
“We can go nowhere,” I pointed out. “That would be a win in my book.”
“You need to get out of your rut,” Lila said, sounding unperturbed by my stubbornness. “That means we need to do something you’ve never done before,” she mused.
“I’ve never stayed home and eaten a whole pizza by myself,” I said as I lifted the washcloth from one eye so I could look at her.
“You aren’t winning,” she said raising an eyebrow at me. “So get over it.”
“Ugh,” I said as I dropped the washcloth back. “Why am I friends with you again?”
I could hear the smile in her voice when she responded. “Because I’m the only one that can put up with that stubborn streak you have. I know how to get you to open up and see what a wonderful world awaits you. There’s a big, bright world out there waiting for you, Rowan. I’m the one that can convince you to do things that you don’t want to do but are actually good for you.”
“Uh-huh,” I said, not convinced. “You’re doing a bang-up job at that, you know?”
“Oh hush,” she said. Finally, I felt as if my face had cooled and my eyes weren’t as puffy, so I pulled the washcloth off and tossed it on the glass coffee table.
“Look, I don’t really have the money to go out anyway,” I said shaking my head.
“Oh, I got it!” she said loudly as she clapped her hands. “I know the perfect place.” I looked at her, waiting for her to tell me what it was but she kept talking. “It must be luck that I drove by and saw the place. But it’s absolutely perfect. I wanted to go anyway, I just didn’t know who else to take.”
“Earth to Lila. What are you talking about?” I asked as I waved my hands in front of her.
“Sorry,” she said as she turned to me. “I saw this place that must have recently opened. It’s a psychic reading shop. They had a sign out front that said two readings for $100.”
“I definitely don’t have that kind of money right now,” I sighed. “I’m a single woman now with bills to pay.”
“Don’t worry, I do,” she said waving her hand at me. “It’s perfect. You can get a reading to find out what exactly is going on in your life and how you can change things up!”
“I don’t know. That’s a lot of money for someone to tell you a bunch of vague words and silly predictions,” I said shaking my head.
“Oh, come on. Live a little, Row. Let’s go have some fun and see what’s in store for your future.” She wiggled her fingers at me and I laughed.
“If I do this with you, does that mean I’m off the hook for the next nail salon trip?” I asked. Lila was always convincing me to go with her so she had someone to talk to. I, on the other hand, hated having my nails done.
“Yes,” she said with a nod before grinning so wide I thought her face would split.
“Fine, I’ll go then,” I said. “As long as you’re paying.”
“Definitely,” she said with a nod. “Oh my gosh, Rowan! I’m so excited.” She couldn’t seem to hold still which for me, wasn’t comforting.
“Well, that makes one of us,” I said grumpily. “Let me get my shoes.”


About the Author:


Krystal lives in rural southeast Kansas, on the outskirts of an official ghost town with her husband and children, along with a multitude of animals. She can often be found taking a walk in nature, shuffling one of her many decks of tarot cards or finding something new to watch.

As a writer, she loves to craft stories that may be shorter in length, but are packed with unforgettable characters and situations that her readers can relate to. She understands that every villain can be a hero and every hero a villain.






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