Blog Tour: The best Kept Secret | Wendi Nunnery
Hello folks and welcome to my stop on the official 'The Best Kept Secret' from Wendi Nunnery. Wendi has also kindly graced my little blog with a guest post which you can read later on in this post.
In high school, everyone has secrets. Even well-brought-up Emma Fraser.
Emma’s sophomore year started out all wrong. First, her best friend Andy confessed to losing his virginity leaving Emma all alone in the V-Club. Then the rest of her friends got weird and suddenly Emma finds herself feeling like the people she knows best have become total strangers. And total strangers are becoming friends.
When Deegan Burke, a rich, gorgeous senior, asks Emma to be his date for the prom, Emma thinks her luck has begun to change. But rather than being able to bask in this newfound glory, her whole world starts to unravel. And when secrets that once seemed so innocent start to take a very dangerous turn, Emma discovers that true friends are friends no matter what…and some secrets aren’t worth keeping.
Hi Daniel! Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!
One of my favorite things about being a writer is reading about other writers. I imagine this is a common practice in many industries: newbies, looking for encouragement and comfort, devour the stories of veterans and find hope for their own futures. In any case, that has been my experience. I love to read the stories of authors who have found a way into publishing and made a career of it. Every story is different, but the result is the same. And this is just one example, in my opinion, of why it’s so important for us to keep writing, even when we feel like we’re getting nowhere.
Writing is a private endeavor, but storytelling is a public experience. I write because I have things to say, and keeping them locked up is akin to putting one of those little marshmallow Peeps into the microwave (If you don’t understand this reference, go try it. I’ll wait.) Writing is release for the things we carry with us. And storytelling is the way we help each other bear the weight. So when we share our stories, we’re telling people that we know what it’s like. We get it. And it’s okay.
Like many authors, I’ve always loved writing and I’ve always loved reading. But I didn’t really discover my passion for being a writer until I got to college and realized that music just wasn’t going to cut it for me in terms of a career. A better, more honest, way to say this is I wasn’t cut out for a music career. I wanted to sing, but I was no solo artist. I always panicked when I performed alone. I worked well in an ensemble, but something was still missing. Music was one of my passions, but it wasn’t where I belonged. I didn’t find that place until I started taking creative writing courses. Then it clicked and I wondered what the hell I’d been thinking before. Music became a footnote, otherwise known as a minor, and creative writing became my major.
I tell this story because I want other people to know that sometimes even the most passionate writers avoid facing what they know is best. It’s not easy to pour yourself onto paper. There are always repercussions for truth-telling. There are always fears to face: judgment, bad reviews, rejection letters. And because writers usually pull from what they know, there’s also the fear of hurting people they love in the process. But it’s a brave thing, I think, to take something hidden and make it known. Whether you write fantasy, romance, memoirs, or poetry, a piece of you finds its way into your work each time. And there’s always a risk associated with that. But it’s worth it.
So I encourage you, whether you’re a writer or not, to tell your story and to be brave about it. No one benefits from trying to bottle everything inside. But we all benefit when we allow ourselves to take a deep breath and ask the hard question: “Can we carry this together?”
Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Simply Beloved, a lifestyle website for women of faith. She is a proud alumna of Georgia Southern University and, at any given time, you can find her with a cup of coffee and a book. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia. The Best Kept Secret is her first novel.
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