Today I’m welcoming author Carlyle Labuschagne to the blog. Carlyle and I first connected on Twitter, and have since developed a friendship I will always cherish. I’m so excited about the upcoming release of her YA Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy book The Broken Destiny, and she was generous enough to write a guest post and offer a great giveaway to a lucky reader. Thanks for that, Carlyle!
To learn more about what you can win in the Broken Destiny giveaway, check out this page on Carlyle’s website. Details for how to enter are listed below.
Now, I’ll turn it over to Carlyle. Take it away, my friend!
“When asked by the very inspirational Raine Thomas to do a post, only one thing came to mind – Encourage. Thank you, Raine, for the opportunity.
Humbled by Writing
I had written from the age of twelve, secretively to myself in the form of poems, songwriting, keeping a diary. I had always been that girl who wanted to be liked, who needed approval from the world. I had changed myself to become popular, altered my whole being to conform to the ideals of others.
I might have been a little too good.
Being popular consumed me. I tried my hand with great success at many things, from figure-skating, gymnastics, ballet, art, drama; TV presenting…the list goes on. But all those things never really touched me, moved me. The passion was lacking. So, many years later–many wrong turns later–the bad girl had to change.
The only thing ever keeping me solid and grounded was my writing…being by myself to not have my thoughts corrupted by others. (Of course I allowed it to happen). But it wasn’t until two years ago that I felt compelled to shut the world out and indulge in my imagination without caring what anyone thought of me. I had always been ruled by that element. Self-consciousness. I felt that unexplainable sense of belonging almost instantly.
At first it was all about getting all the emotion out there, and through writing my first novel, I came to terms with who I was. I finally started dealing with all my baggage I had always run away from. Writing saved me from becoming what I hated.
I knew from the moment I thought about writing The Broken Destiny that I’d be published, I’d make it happen. It was not to prove anything to all those who did me wrong (okay, maybe a little). It was to be okay with me, self-approval above approval of the untrue world out there – to set away all those false needs of belonging in society. It was like someone chimed a magic wand over me and I became me again.
The journey has been amazing–life changing. I have really been accepted with great encouragement by the most amazing people. And it is because of all of those who did me wrong , all those wrong turns, that I am able to inspire and help others feel better about themselves. My insecurities melted away the more I wrote. It is amazing to find something that is utterly and truly satisfying. For me, my novel is my soul, my journey though the dark to find the light. So yes, I am very nervous about people reading my work, as that is my soul-baring experience set in a tale of difficult and trying times created by one ’s self.
I hope to inspire, change and motivate you to follow your dreams, stray true to yourself. The only person that can hurt you is you. By being truly you, you can achieve anything you so dearly desire. I had never worked for anything in my life, one of those spoiled kids who grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth (that is how you say it in English, isn’t it?). I have overcome my language barrier with such ease; I have surprised myself and have grown because of it. I have never worked so hard and so passionately for something in my life. Having great friends along the way has helped me hang on through difficult, frustrating times. My deepest gratitude to all who have touched my life during this time (you know who you are – yes, you reading this!)
My friends still find it strange that I don’t wear high heels everywhere I go. I find myself not relying on makeup and things. Writing is my feel-good med. I am humbled by the magic it has brought to my life. I am at peace. My first novel is all about overcoming those insecurities, believing and loving one’s self. I not only changed myself through writing – I hope to change all those who read my work.
~ Don’t let fear cripple your dreams. Let love and passion give you wings ~
Happy writing all,
Thanks so much for sharing such an inspirational post, Carlyle, and for offering the fabulous giveaway! To tempt folks into entering even more, here is the cover and prologue for The Broken Destiny:
Throughout my life I have been searching for something. Something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. Like an empty shell burning for life. That was until the day I lay dying in the Prince’s chambers.
I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut, only the hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life would have stopped the ancestor’s spirit from raging out. I gave up, didn’t want to see myself kill the ones I loved. I was the chosen one, and threw it all away for what I thought would be to save a life.
Could you end a life to save a life? I did, and have regretted it ever since. I realized then that things like me were not meant to exist.
So you ask what it was that had been missing my whole life. It was I. To find myself I had to lose myself, in the worst possible way. The consequences of my actions became the legend of The Broken.
To enter, you can do one of the following:
1. Leave a comment on this blog (your e-mail address will be needed to receive the prize)
2. “Like” Carlye’s Broken Destiny page on Facebook
3. Follow Carlyle on Twitter (@CarlyleL)
4. Add The Broken Destiny to your To-Read list on Goodreads
Thanks to all, and once again–good luck!