Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yesterday Mourning Guest Post

Yvette is a forty-one year old woman struggling to cope with losing both parents during her twenties—one to terminal disease and the other to life’s complications. Over the years, she learned to repress the pain of watching her mother die and the resentment of having her father casually walk out of her life. Now as she packs her bags to return to her Georgia hometown and the house where final goodbyes were never spoken, a growing sense of uneasiness intensifies.  
Vera is the kind-hearted stepsister Yvette never imagined nor wanted. She was an innocent teenager in search of answers when Yvette’s father, the Pastor, entered her life. Although broken from the loss of his beloved wife and daughters, he gave Vera the love and affection she so desperately needed. However, a childhood secret threatens to compromise everything Vera holds dear.  
When the Pastor’s health takes a turn for the worse, both daughters must decide if they have the strength and courage to no longer be confined to burdens of the past. Will Yvette overcome feelings of abandonment and forgive her father before it’s too late? Does Vera’s childhood secret hold the key to mending this family’s broken relationship? 
Yesterday Mourning is a heartfelt and poignant novella about two women learning invaluable lessons of forgiveness, love, loss and ultimately—peace. It is an impressive debut from an author with an authentic voice and a love for storytelling.
 About the Author:

Renita Bryant, a native of Fort Valley, Georgia, had visions of being a writer from an early age. "There's something magical about using words on a page to emotionally propel someone into another time and place."

Since obtaining her BS & MBA, Renita has worked for some of the world's largest companies on many of their most recognizable household brands. Although she finds the work rewarding, her passion for writing pushed her to complete and publish her first novella, Yesterday Mourning, in May 2013.

Renita currently resides in Ohio and stays actively involved in social media with her blog, Renita’s Mynd Matters,  Twitter (@Mynd_Matters), Facebook (YesterdayMourningBook), and Goodreads pages! She's currently working on multiple projects including book #2 and a collection of poetry.
"The Emotional Tales of an Indie Author”
I honestly didn’t know if I could write/publish a novel. It’s weird because everyone else was confident in my ability but truth be told, I wasn’t so sure. Don’t mistake me, I’ve always believed writing was in my blood. My mother was an avid reader and exposed me to fictional worlds that quickly shaped the way I saw my life and future. Writing provides a freedom other professions typically don’t or can’t. Being a writer is to be the master of your own very-well crafted world.

That’s amazing! Do you realize how much power comes with that freedom? I can take pieces of people I know and blend them together to create characters that walk, talk and have emotions. My characters can say things my reality doesn’t allow me to say and do things my Christian upbringing forbids me from doing. I can exist within the confines of the grammar rules I learned in school or dismiss the rules and call it ‘creative expression.’ Writers can justify the ills of the world while giving voice to those most vulnerable to being overlooked and overshadowed.

However, writing also means having to share pieces, or sometimes all, of yourself. It means exposing the parts of you that are often cloaked behind heavily guarded emotional walls with friends, family and even strangers. My first book, Yesterday Mourning, was just that. I wanted to tell a story and while I’d started several novels over the years, this had to be published first. Probably because it was so personal and by releasing it I would actually be freeing myself. A story like Yesterday Mourning doesn’t happen overnight. It happens after years of love, loss and regret. It happens when you want to move forward but the past holds you hostage. It happens when saying I’m sorry is too far in the rear view.

Contrary to belief or assumption, Yesterday Mourning isn’t a memoir. But writing it was difficult because the emotions were/are so real. I struggled when my mom died. The people closest to me remember the depth of my cries and the tracks of my tears. Yvette’s scenes with her mother were born out of real situations from my very painful past. I felt abandoned during the 4+ years when my father and I weren’t speaking. We were both stubborn and mourning but in ways my novel chose not to explore.

Writing a story like this means I have to be vulnerable with people I know and people I’ll never meet. It means having to accept the congratulations and the critiques, sometimes in the same breath. While writing Yesterday Mourning was freeing, I was also confused, doubtful, and emotional whenever I allowed my fingers to connect with the keyboard. What would you guys think? What would my family think? What would Oprah think (because every writer envisions sitting on her couch one day!)?

But in the end I realized it didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was being true to the little girl that had once been fascinated by the potential birthed in and inextricably linked to a fictional world. That little girl was smiling on Mother’s Day 2013 when I released Yesterday Mourning and she continues to encourage me to “run on and see what the end will be.”

Plus, a lot of folks seemed pretty confident in my ability and not all of them can be wrong… right?
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