“A dream is a wish your heart makes . . .”

Writer

When I was about four years old, I latched on to a dream: I wanted to write a novel. I wanted to be an author when I grew up. Other kids wanted to be rock stars or astronauts or actors (I did grow up in California!), but I dreamed of sitting in front of a keyboard making up stories. Over the years, I’ve done a lot of other things, but this is the one thing that’s always stuck with me. And now I know that dreams do come true. This week, I’m so excited to share this dream with you! Because without you – every one of you who has read this crazy, “I have no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going with this, but I just have to write” blog – I would not have gotten to the place where I could finally write this story that turned into my first (of many!) novel.

I’ve said it before, but the moment I walked onto Disney property, I felt like something that had been buried deep inside me woke up. I won’t sugar-coat it, life before that trip had been downright hard. We had been living with two boys with undiagnosed (and therefore untreated and misunderstood) autism, and two boys with undiagnosed and untreated ADHD. Chaotic doesn’t even begin to describe my life up to that point.

We went to Disney in 2010 to celebrate a new beginning. We finally knew how to help our boys cope with this world that seemed designed to crush them into dust!

At the time, I thought that the sense of identity, of freedom, that I felt at Disney was rooted in the fact that for once, someone else handled all the details and I could just relax and have fun. That was part of it, but there was something deeper too. When I came home, I was bursting with stories I had to tell. That hadn’t happened to me in a very long time.

So I started blogging. I told you my Disney stories. But that wasn’t enough. I wasn’t satisfied with reporting facts and experiences. I needed to tell truer stories. Stories that came from my heart.

The world I’ve created is based around a question that first occurred to me at Walt Disney World:

There are Princesses everywhere. Why are there no Queens?

Three Princesses

Three Princesses

The world I’ve created began with the answer to that question. And it’s going to take several years and at least two separate series to fully answer it. But that’s ok, it’s going to be a fun ride.

The first book in this adventure, Daughter of Oreveille, is the story of a girl who has it all – she is a Fae Princess, and stands to inherit everything upon her marriage. But like Prince Charming, not one of the eligible young men of the Faeland can capture her heart. Instead, she chooses a commoner, and faces the consequences of her choice.

I hope that you will enjoy reading this story as much as I’ve loved creating it. Daughter of Oreveille is available now in Kindle format, and will come out in paperback later this Fall. (Don’t have a Kindle? You can read Daughter of Oreveille online in the Kindle cloud reader, or on your tablet or smartphone using the free Kindle app.)

Daughter of Oreveille, Available now!

Daughter of Oreveille, Available now!

I’m hosting a digital book signing over at Authorgraph! If you’d like me to digitally sign your copy of Daughter of Oreveille, join me at http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/TriciaBallad and click the “Request Authorgraph” button. I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for sticking with me and helping make this dream come true!