A few years ago I went through a dark period in my life. A string of service providers—medical professionals and otherwise—who were in the position to cause a lot of harm made the conscious decision to not care. The combined result was devastating and I came close to losing someone I really loved.
Now in the case of each negligence, if I’d chosen to engage in legal battles, I had a fair chance of having the wrong righted. However, when encountered as a perfect storm, I basically had the choice of losing myself in the pursuit of justice, or surviving the ordeal itself. I chose to let go and take care of my family.
It was one of the hardest things I’d ever done, and for months after I had a lot of trouble with insomnia. Revenge fantasies ran rampant. It was then that I realize that in my heart of hearts, I hadn’t truly let go. Not wanting to have this blinding rage consuming me for the rest of my days, I knew I had to do something.
So I did.
I created a fictional world where justice is being served in a systematic way, and a young girl dreams of getting certified as a vengeance demon while facing injustices of her own. VENGEANCE BE MINE is a product of my effort to not turn into a bitter old woman. And considering that I’m now busy editing the third book in my series rather than trolling the Internet and making everyone else miserable, I’d say that it worked. 🙂
Hater is a life choice, and I chose love.
I live with my husband and cat in Toronto. I’d wanted to be a writer for as long I could remember, but it took a long time before I learned to trust that little voice in my head. But here I am now, and I can’t “un-friend” my passion anymore than a bird could stop flying.
In my other life, I’m an entertainment accountant, with experience ranging from royalty calculation for The Hunger Games to sales projection for The Lego Movie. On top of providing a nice little pay check to cover the various vet bills, my day job also ensures that in the happy-but-one-in-a-million-chance event that I do become a superstar, I know enough about contracts and numbers not to get ripped off. I hope.
About VENGEANCE BE MINE:
Megan is a typical university student trying to figure out her place in the world, except instead of hoping to pass the bar or get into med school, she’s studying to become a licensed vengeance demon.
Nineteen-year-old Megan Aequitas is the only vengeance demon and trickster hybrid ever born. In a world where vengeance demons are respectable, rule-obsessed guardians of the Cosmic Balance, and tricksters are playful, happy-go-lucky perpetrators of chaos, being half and half is, well, tricky.
Determined to prove herself worthy of her vengeance blood, Megan enrolls in University of Demonic Studies’ prestigious co-op program. Wreaking karmic revenge on wrongdoers from cheaters to crooks sounds fun and simple, if it weren’t for the unsuspecting human roommate, Megan’s flamboyant trickster half-brothers, a changeling-raised fellow outcast, and a trio of evil wannabes. Then one assignment turns deadly when Megan discovers a plot to unleash an ancient force so authoritarian, most creatures would be deemed too unworthy to exist.
After a lifetime of being embarrassed by her trickster tendencies and striving to fit in vengeance society, Megan now has to learn to embrace both of her worlds if she wants to save them.
My thanks to Louisa for stopping by to share her inspiring story. I totally agree with letting go of the hate. You go, girl! Please show her some comment love, peeps!
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