JADED is my first novel. One day—when my novel is published—Jade Henry will be famous. Okay, maybe not famous. More like…slightly well known by anyone who picks up a copy of her story at their local bookstore (a group of readers who are hopefully made up of more than just my immediate family and close, personal friends).
So, who is Jade Henry? She is the narrator and protagonist of JADED. If you look up jaded in a Webster Dictionary, you’ll find something close to made dull, apathetic or cynical by experience. Urban Dictionary is pretty similar with emotionally numb, etc. That’s the inspiration behind Jade Henry’s first name and the name of my novel.
Why? Because Jade Henry is jaded, thanks to being dumped over the phone by her long-term boyfriend. After six years dissolves into a dead end, Jade feels angry, humiliated and suddenly can’t recognize the broken pieces into which her life has shattered. JADED follows her in the aftermath of the split, as she learns how to move on with her life without the help of the one person she had grown to count on for everything.
JADED isn’t a love story, though Jade is still very much in love. Thru her friends’ failed attempts at playing Mr. & Mrs. Fix-it, she struggles to figure out how to live a life of her own—one that is not tethered to or defined by anyone other than herself. Then one unpredictable night forces her to see what it really means to be broken.
JADED is long, vulgar, funny, sad, sarcastic, honest and full of setbacks—some humorous, some devastating and some helped along by a shot or two of Patrón Tequila.
People say you should write about what you know and that’s exactly what I did. I’ve never met a vampire, been bitten by a werewolf or seen a ghost. I have, however, been dumped (like most of you, I’m sure). So, for now, I give you Jade Henry.
I think you’ll like her.
UPDATE: I’m currently in the process of querying agents. Follow my blog for updates on my journey to get JADED published.