The story draws the readers in, she said, and emotionally involves them in the characters’ lives.
The book’s message, Starla said, is: “Even though people are going through situations that are sad, there is hope. Accept yourself. Believe in yourself, no matter what others say. You’re still a wonderful person — don’t let anyone tell you any differently.”
She said she thinks people will enjoy the book, and she’s proud of her daughter for reaching her goal of publishing a book.
Cummings agreed that the point of her book is to give people hope. “I’ve always wanted to help people,” she said. “What better way than to put it into a story?”
The flawed parents in Cummings’ book definitely were not based on her own — who gave her and her brother a wonderful upbringing, she said. But other parts of the book reflect her own feelings of resentment when she broke up with her boyfriend and then the challenges of raising a child on her own.
Cummings said her book began on a dark, rainy day when she was sitting in a restaurant. She started to write down some thoughts, and the more she wrote, the longer it got.
“At the time when I wrote it, my own anger, bitterness, hatred, and rage were stirring within me. So many parts of my book are very dark, but they’re also very real,” she said. “So I turned them into characters that reflected the emotions I was going through at that point in my life. Each emotion resembles a certain character.”
It took her three months to write the story into a notebook, and then a month and a half to type it onto a computer.
Holding that book in her hands for the first time was a wonderful experience, she said, as she had reached her goal.