My Daily #Meltdown: The joys of building a bildungsroman

Welcome to My Daily Meltdown: where I count down to the release of MELT with my thoughts about its creation.

Can you believe it’s two days away???

Yesterday I shared the Kirkus Review which declared my story to be a bildungsroman.

This makes me ecstatic!!!

Why am I so happy to have written a bildungsroman?

Because I think coming of age stories are the most important to share. A writer’s greatest gift to humanity and its future, Because teens are at the brink of adulthood, teetering on the edge. Making choices they are in many cases unprepared to make, and uncertain of themselves. Trying to fit in, thinking they’re alone in experiencing the problems they’re going through. Thinking that there’s something wrong with them because they are “different.” Thinking they are unacceptable – and unlovable. Victims of their parents’ shortcomings and flaws – thinking that everything is their fault. That they are bad, wrong…desperate to fit in.

I write the books for the outsiders like I was. And guess what: everyone is an outsider.

Our adolescence defines us, and shadows us forever. In some cases it is our undoing. Often it is the monkey we carry on our backs. I spent so many years trying to work out the unsolved problems of my youth. I was trapped in my teen years – and still, I go back into a teen state of mind like nothing.

Teens need coming of age stories to give them hope, direction and companionship. Adults need coming of age stories to reconcile all those loose ends – and maybe more.

A bildungsroman is one of the greatest contributions to society and its future. And I have written one. It’s official. Kirkus Reviews said so.

That’s why I’m so happy.

Bye for now.

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Please join me at my Facebook virtual launch party on this Sunday, November 9, 5-11 pm EST. We will have four guest authors joining us, with giveaways in addition to the flash prizes I’ll be handing out through the evening – and a grand prize as well. Let’s hang out and celebrate my bildungsroman!!! Looking forward to chatting with you.

(Sorry I can’t post the link. Still dealing with virus issues. It’s on Facebook under “Melt Launch Party.”)

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Join my street team Castrovilla’s Crusaders and help spread the word about a great bildungsroman while earning rewards!

You can find our page on FacebooK!

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I’m giving away a $100 Amazon gift card and more for my blog tour/launch day giveaway! Check details on

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