Guest Post: Drawing Inspiration from Hardship by Rosa Sophia

12068655_10153506444205412_6418145304867404043_o Where do you find inspiration? Drawing inspiration from hardship can be very powerful, and can help us deal with our turbulent feelings. We can use our inspiration to work toward helping others, and I think this is the most rewarding path anyone can follow.

Orion Cross My Sky is my next novel in the Clearwater Multi-Author Series, which will be released by Sunshine Press. This novel follows a young man who has trigeminal neuralgia, also called “the suicide disease.” Another of my novels, Meet Me In the Garden, also touches on this subject. When I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and learned I had probably been born with it, I discovered it is a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve that means I have a compressed nerve somewhere in my head. This chronic pain disorder is known to get progressively worse over time.

Whether we are readers, writers, or on a completely different path, I believe that we cannot allow the pain and hardship in our lives to define us. I will not let trigeminal neuralgia define who I am. The main character in my novel feels the same way. I draw inspiration from these hardships by putting them into my writing. My hope is that readers will want to learn more about TN. This is a rare, little-known disorder, and the more people know about it, the higher the chance that sufferers of TN will one day have a cure. Creating awareness for this is important to me.

What is important to you and how do you find inspiration in your life? Whether you are a writer, a reader, or following a totally different path, remember that hardship does not have to define who you are—unless you let it.

11209420_10153506443955412_8314302464304828633_n Rosa Sophia is a full-time novelist and editorial consultant living in South Florida. She resides in a little cottage by the sea and spends a lot of time staring into palm trees and dreaming. She is also a crazy cat lady in training.

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Published by Jennifer Loring

Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Tales from the Lake vols. 1 and 4, Nightscript IV, Dim Shores Presents Volume 2, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Not All Monsters and Arterial Bloom, among many others. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in horror fiction and is currently working toward a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities & Culture, focusing on queer possibility in fairy tales. Jenn lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she and her husband are owned by a turtle and two basset hounds.

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