So, having just finished my latest novel, I decided this would be a good time to write my first post here!
With the groundwork for the release done (and I will share all of that very soon!) and the book out with beta readers, I decided I'd like to talk a little bit about the book, and why I wrote it.
These days, social media seems to rule almost everything. It's the fastest way to find and share news. It's the way to shoutout your favourite celebs, and the place most people go to when they want to give an opinion on something.
Very recently, there have been several extremely prominent topics that have opened up, probably in part to everyone now having a platform to air their thoughts.
In any one day, you'll see a flurry of people talking about mental health, suicide, consent, bullying, and so many more things. Real issues that effect many people every day.
Prior to this, these topics weren't talked about. They were things that were hushed up. Swept under the carpet. But for the people living with those things, the silence of those topics meant that their pain was stifled. And for many, that is STILL the case.
Photo: Emma Phillips
Model: Charlotte Crouch
With my upcoming book, Hear What You Want, I wanted to explore just a few of these topics, in the hopes that it might open the conversation up a little more. In the hope that Ambra's story might reach someone who feels the way she does, and give them the strength to get through it.
The reason for the title Hear What You Want (Chaos and Consent Series Book 1)? This book has a heavy focus on consent and on social media bullying. Those words "hear what you want" cover both of those things. Some guys hear what they want when they're in a heated situation with a girl - they pretend they don't hear what she's saying as an "excuse" to do what they want.
Also, it applies to rumours. Some people will hear what they want depending on which side of the situation they fall. You see it all the time with politics, for example. People refuse to hear what is blatantly wrong with the things the person they support is doing. They focus only on the parts that they are okay with accepting. So, that's where the title comes from.
And the blurb:
Things I wanted: A great night out, and to meet my favourite band.
Things I didn’t want:To wake up the next morning with my underwear beside me on the floor and a large chunk missing from my memory.
Guess which one I got.
Things I wanted: To meet a pretty girl at my band's gig and have some fun.
Things I didn’t want: To find a photo of me and the pretty girl on social media with people questioning whether or not I raped her.
But here we are. And that one photo?
It changed everything.
**This book contains possible triggers including sexual assault and online bullying that some may find upsetting.**