The unofficial supporting character in My First, My Last. The Twin Towers were characters in my story that needed no character development. They came fully packaged and with a compelling backstory. The Twin Towers were a sight to behold in its prime. It shaped the New York City skyline beautifully and could be seen from miles. If you walked the Brooklyn Bridge or rode the train over it like I did, you marveled at its height. It towered over the surrounding buildings. It was iconic. Period.
We are getting closer to the release date for my next book, My First, My Last! My First, My Last is a story I started last year, in May 2020. I started writing the book during quarantine. I’d gotten the idea for the premise of the story in a dream and explored it by adding in the elements that make a story one I’d love to read. I took on the weight of writing a new project while preparing the release of other’s last year to distract myself from all that was happening.
That didn’t really work out because I’d started and stopped this project several times while dealing with life and the surrounding scenes of life known as the pandemic.
Nevertheless, I did type the end and created a story about two friends whose destinies run into more obstacles than hurdles on a track. It stars characters who are relatable, who are – what I like to describe them as – frustrating, and characters who embody the saying that the people who hold us back the most are ourselves.
I can’t believe my next book drops in one week! The number of times I’ve started and stopped this project during quarantine I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I stopped soooo many times. Between being pregnant, living on lockdown (which wasn’t a huge change for a homebody like me), and the war against black consciousness, I was too through in 2020, and writing was the last thing I wanted to do.
But you know what?
I know more than anything that out of all the chapters, chapter one in My First, My Last is one of the most solid because I must have read that chapter over fifty times when restarting this manuscript for the hundredth time lol.
I’ve been loving the creative process for designing these mugs. Coming up with ideas and watching the vision come to life has been amazing this year and I am only getting started! The plans I have for my book and mug shop for the summer have got me blushing, and I can’t wait to share those plans with you. But for now, let’s talk about this new mug series.