I’m often asked how I came up with different characters or situations in the book. Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about two of those stories.
No, I Don’t Have To is a collection of stories about women taking back their power by stating proudly, boldly, and unapologetically-No, I Don’t Have To.
It is realistic fiction, but fiction none the less. I’ve had so many women tell me how relatable the stories are, and that was my exact goal in writing. To have stories, women could see themselves or someone they know in and to tell stories about everyday situations that we face in families, friendships, and relationships overall.
Story one is titled Imaginary Race. Imaginary Race is about a “friend” who is always competing with her best friend. It’s told from the perspective of the friend who is on the receiving end of the imaginary competition. This situation came from a little bit of real-life experience and how I’ve seen some women operate.
I posted a blog touching on the subject. I wrote about how women because we haven’t been taught any better, can’t, or don’t want to see other women showing the confidence they wish they had or doing the things they wish they dared to do.
I get the most comments on this story. Unfortunately, many of us are or have been on the receiving end of this type of relationship.
If you are the Toya (jealous friend) in a relationship, begin working on you.
Story two is titled Family Ties: Pacified and Toxic. It’s about what it’s like to be expected to look out for family no matter what. That in itself isn’t a bad thing. The problem arises when you’re expected to be there for support, but you’re not supposed to have expectations on the type of support and treatment you receive. In this story, there are two cousins, and one cousin is constantly taken advantage of until she can’t take it anymore and puts a stop to it. The story came about because of the observations I’ve made on how different families operate.