~Released: April 1st, 2015
~Publisher: Radiant Publishing
~Length: 218 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Faith Lane is the girl who has everything. At least, that’s what everyone thinks when they see her rocking a killer dress while laughing with her best friend, Tiffany. But Faith’s life is far from flawless. Her peers torment her relentlessly, and her parents expect her to be the epitome of perfection. Criticized and pressured at school and home, Faith retreats into silent acceptance and finds an escape in her passion of dancing. Then she meets Alex – quirky, forever with a pass, and concealing a mysterious secret of his own. And through his encouragement, Faith starts believing in her gift for dance and gains courage to stand up for herself. But will she be able to keep her footing when the events of one night consume her with the need to jump off the rocky cliffs near her coastal home? And what has pushed her to the edge of reason?
K.P. Gazelle is a true bookworm at heart - she can spend hours with a good book and a hot cup of coffee. When she's not reading or writing you can find her playing with her many nephews and nieces, photographing landscapes, or eating a delicious meal.
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1. Where did your inspiration come from to write The Color of Happiness?
Different events and people inspired different parts of the book. The element of grounded friendships was inspired from my personal life. I have the BEST friends!
2. Can you relate to any of the characters in The Color of Happiness, either personally or through a friend?
I can relate to Faith in certain ways. Like Faith, I put a lot of pressure on myself to excel and do the best that I can.
3. Your character, Faith, escapes her peer pressure and the pressure from her parents through dance. Has dance ever played a part in your own life?
Nope! I’m more like Tiffany – Faith’s best friend – in that regard LOL. Couldn’t dance if my life depended on it!
4. Can you tell us more about Alex, and the effect he has on Faith?
Alex, of course, is Faith’s love interest in the book. He’s one of the people who really get Faith to start believing in her dance abilities and in herself as an individual overall.
5. Were any particular areas of the story more difficult to write than others?
Definitely, yes. Sometimes, it was difficult to share the exact emotions a character was experiencing at a given time.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
Hmmm . . . I don’t know if I have a set style. I like to write in character, so that changes each time.
7. Are you an avid reader? Do you have a favourite book/author?
Yes! I absolutely LOVE to read! I love too many books and authors to pick a favorite . . .
8. When you are not writing, what do you do like to do? What is next for K.P. Gazelle?
You would probably find me reading. I also enjoy taking pictures, although I’m not very good at it LOL. There’s been an idea rattling in my head for some time. Let’s see what happens with it!
The Decision to Leave
Her puffy eyes and wrinkles stood out even more under the fluorescent lighting. She had to be older than my mom. How could I yell back? And what was she doing in the middle of my classroom shouting at me in front of my students, anyway?
At this workplace, not too long ago, life crept into an unbearable state of unhealthiness. Moments like these were not too uncommon, and I soon found it increasingly harder to get out of bed each morning. I would try motivating myself with pep talks and reminders of how I was touching the lives of young children. But even that can only take me so far.
Adult bullies are trained in their strategies and tactics because they most often have been bullies their entire lives. It’s a lot harder to pin point what an adult is saying or doing to qualify them as a bully, but they’re bullies just the same. And being targeted hurts.
The thing about being bullied, whether as a child or an adult, is that it makes you doubt your self-worth, plummets your self-esteem, and makes you question the reason for your existence. Sometimes, it breaks your soul.
But what’s important to remember is that the bully is the one with the problem, not you. And that your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.
I suffered for two long years, during which I exhausted every resource I had to improve matters. My complaints fell on the deaf ears of our human resource department; my director turned a blind eye.
I was alone.
I knew I had to leave, but how could I just walk away? How could I leave after giving so much of myself to the students and school over the years? How would I continue to support my family? And my identity as a teacher—what would I do with my life?
It took months and months of intense contemplation, consultation, and prayer until I finally found the strength and courage to send in my resignation letter at the end of the school year. A decision for which I can never thank myself enough.
Sometimes, removing yourself from a toxic situation is the greatest service you can do. Because, let’s face it, you are worth much more than any paycheck and above anyone’s abuse.
~Materials & images provided by YA Bound Book Tours.