In 2007, I set a goal to become a published author. In February of 2014, that dream became a reality.
When I set that goal so long ago, I had no idea how it was going to take shape. At that time I didn't even consider myself a writer. Writing was a hobby I'd once enjoyed but had given up for life as an adult in the real world. But as with any good intention, the way began to appear to me. I wrote one novel, then two, then three. As they say, three times a charm, and I knew that third book was destined to go out into the world. I signed a contract with a literary agent, but after a year and a half, the book didn't sell. My agent and I parted ways and I hired an editor. With her help, I revised and improved the story. At that point, the whispers I'd heard along the way began to get louder. Publish it yourself! People stopped reminding me of JK Rowling and her many rejections and started telling me the success stories of indie authors, authors who were selling and succeeding without the help of big publishers. Friends showed up to help me out. I found an excellent cover artist and a great line-editor and begin prepping to publish my debut novel, SUMMER OF STARS (THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY BOOK ONE).
I first wrote SUMMER OF STARS in 2011. I'd been reading and exploring the topic of reincarnation. Though I've never had a past life regression, I was curious about my possible past lives. I'd always been drawn to the Holocaust. This was really the catalyst for the novel, that wonderful question: what if? So I began to tell the story of a girl, Lola Elena Ray, who did have a past life in the Holocaust and seemingly out of nowhere started flashing back to that experience. I was able to blend a current story, covering issues that young people today may experience, with historical events. Once the first book was written, I had more ideas for lives that Lola could flash back to. Book two in the series is complete and will be published in the fall of 2014. Book three and four are in the planning phase, but should be ready for release in 2015.
I have learned along the way to trust the journey and know that I am exactly where I need to be. If things don't go quite as I imagined, it is very likely there is something even better in store for me. I am excited about owning my power and taking the leap to put my creative work out into the world! I am thrilled that people are now reading and enjoying the work that arrived in my heart and my mind so magically. I hope that it inspires and entertains as I always intended it to.
In this life, Lola’s family is falling apart. In the last one, they were murdered. In this life, Lola just wants to be normal, without the obsessive urges that have her vacuuming at least three times a day and a bipolar mother who’s the poster child for mood swings. Lola thought that turning fifteen would bring change for the better, but a strange vision puts her on a crowded train headed for Auschwitz. Is she losing it or looking through a window to a past life?
Love and Light,
Learn more about the series, THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY, at www.lesleehorner.com
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