I read a wonderful kindle short story recently by J.A. Owenby about a girl whose mother has clear mental health issues. The story is not a lecture. It offers no diagnosis or cure. It instead depicts the struggle faced by its protagonist, a teenage girl named Lacey, and presents a very real and poignant picture of the frustration and ambiguity that can threaten to immobilize anyone a conflicted, ultimately chaotic predicament. It’s very short, only 99¢ when I downloaded it, and well worth the read. Following is a description of the story and its author.
Tears in the Sun
A Short Story by J. A. Owenby
Lacey, a senior in high school, has never heard of borderline personality disorder yet she lives with it every day. As she begins realizing her family isn’t as normal as she thought, she searches for help and answers.
Those answers turn her world upside down, and she is left with making life changing decisions for not only herself, but her mentally ill mother who she loves more than anything.
Available at Amazon. Read about it on Goodreads. The reviews at both sites rave honestly about the story. J.A. Owenby has other works out there. But this, being the first of her pieces that I’ve read, I wanted to share immediately.
About the Author
J.A. Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.
She’s a published author of six short stories and her first full-length novel is expected in late spring of 2016. J.A. doesn’t mess around when it comes to working with a team in order to present her best writing. She is a firm believer in outlining and investing in a professional editor.
A few of her available short stories are “Tears in the Sun” and “Blurred Lines” both on Amazon.
As a resume writer, she helps people find jobs they love by developing a strong accomplishment based marketing snap shot.
She is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult, and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and rain. Her downtime consists of enjoying a beautiful summer evening and snuggling with her hubby outside underneath the stars. If it’s winter, listening to the rain and watching NFL football.
You can follow the events of her upcoming novel on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby.
J.A. Owenby’s Amazon Author Page can be found HERE.
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