My current work is a young adult contemporary novel set in a town called Belmont, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts.
I have always loved high school life, particularly dances. Let’s just say that I never wanted to leave high school, even well after graduation and while studying in college. During one of my reminiscing moments, I decided to revisit a dance that I never got to attend: my senior prom. I had to work so I missed out on this exciting time.
My research began with outlining the novel. I wanted to use prom night as a focus and what every teenager thinks about on this special night. Finding a date, the anxieties, the fun, the glamour, you name it. I also wanted to focus on first love, heartbreak and social status. As I was plotting, themes began to take shape. Themes such as courage, going after your dreams, depression, poverty, and forgiveness. I discovered so much while researching and my collection of curated photos is growing. I won’t share too much because I want you to read it!