Wow. I can’t believe it’s almost time for the second book in the MILA 2.0 series to be released out into the wild!
Just so you know—this book tried to kill me. I can say that somewhat jokingly now, but honestly, writing RENEGADE was an incredibly difficult task. Not just because writing a sequel is oh-my-gosh hard (though it absolutely is), but because I worked on this story during one of the most challenging times in my life. What I’m coming to realize, though, is that challenges aren’t necessarily bad. Challenges might feel overwhelming at first, but they can also serve as the catalyst that prompts us to dig deep, gather our courage, and ultimately, grow.
I basically drafted the second version of this book from my mom’s hospital bed. Much like Mila, my emotions often felt huge and overwhelming and scary. I could relate to her struggles in a visceral way, especially in regards to making life-altering decisions when confronted with conflicting information and doubt.
Later in the revision process, I experienced a different personal crisis. An identity crisis, if you will. More than ever, I could relate to Mila’s struggles as a being desperate to discover her place in the world…and as a person who felt like she could never quite measure up. Mila isn’t just desperately seeking the truth about her origins and the people around her—she’s also waging an ongoing inner war; a war that I think is far too familiar for so many of us. Throughout this series, Mila battles more than just bad guys and weapons. She’s also constantly facing off with her own internal critic; the one that whispers “you will never be enough.”
I enjoyed learning so much more about Mila—and myself—through writing her story in RENEGADE. I hope you enjoy her adventures and growth, too.
And, if there is a single realization I could share with you all—and Mila—it’s this: Be kind to yourselves, because you ARE enough. Every single one of you. <3 <3 <3