Fourteen-year-old Krystal finds herself flailing when her parents separate. Unable to cope, she begins cutting. No one knows. At her new school, she makes one single friend, Em, who invites her to volunteer at the local homeless shelter. There, Krystal discovers fellow misfits, including Brandon, a boy from her school. How can Krystal start a new life when the scars of her old one will never fully heal?
“Any young person who shields their pain from the world will connect with Krystal and appreciate her struggle to understand and survive the challenges of growing up in a world that isn’t always what we hope it will be.”
“Powerful and full of hope – something we all need.”
“Breath-taking two thumbs up!”
CIR: This is a heavy subject. What inspired you to write this story?
WELLS: The main character was inspired by a teen very close to me. While the story itself is fiction, her experiences and struggles with cutting at the tender age of fourteen are the bones of my story.
CIR: What is the main character like?
WELLS: Krystal is smart, creative, edgy, and talented. Her heart is as big as Texas. She’s strong than she realizes and often surprises herself.
CIR: Did this require any research, and what kind?
WELLS: Oh my goodness, yes. I actually did weeks of research for just one of my characters. An older man named Walt. He’s very special and I spoke with quite a few soldiers who’d served in Desert Storm. One soldier in particular helped me extensively. He wishes to remain anonymous. It’s important to me for the information to be accurate and realistic. I would hate for a vet to pick up the book and go, ‘Ah, it wasn’t like that.’
CIR: Despite the difficult nature of this story, were there aspects of writing it that you enjoyed?
WELLS: The times that I couldn’t type fast enough to get the story out of my head. It’s lovely when God just gifts it to me.
CIR: What do you hope readers will get out of this book?
WELLS: That we are never without hope. We can come back from anything. It’s how we’re built. We just have to believe.