JT Collins’ premier book tells the story of a woman’s journey to accept herself, her sexuality and her faith.
Marble, NC, February 19, 2015 — American by birth and raised in Africa by her Christian missionary parents, Emily lives in a world of contradictions. She feels out of step in the US when she returns to attend college, but even more so, she feels out of place in her own skin. Emily’s religious background doesn’t permit her to have the growing feelings she has toward women, so she tries to fit in with what her mother and her perception of God wants her to be.
Face in the Mirror is the story of a girl’s passage out of childhood in the African bush into the jungle of life as a lesbian, American, missionary-kid. Surrounded by mixed messages of love and fear, spiritual connection and strident doctrine, Emily bravely navigates her way from rejection to acceptance of her authentic self and finds her role in life, family and the church.
“We are very pleased to be publishing Face in the Mirror,” says Word Branch Publishing owner, Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh. “It speaks to even a broader audience beyond the LGBT world; it is a universal message of self-acceptance and contentment. JT Collins is surely one of the bright rising stars on the horizon of new writers, and we will see much more of her in the future.”
While Face in the Mirror is a work of fiction, it is inspired by the true life experiences of the author, JT Collins. She originally wrote down her life story in a journaling exercise as a form of catharsis and self-discovery. As she worked through the process, she began to realize that while her life story is somewhat unique, many of her individual experiences, especially the feelings and associated life lessons, are universal. Trusting that her story could be a source of hope and inspiration for others, she reworked her journal into a novel to share with readers who might learn from her experiences and apply that knowledge in their own lives. She hopes that in sharing her journey readers will find reflections of their own story within the pages of this book, generating and answering unasked questions that help them along their own paths.
Face in the Mirror is available in paperback and e-book through major booksellers and at the Word Branch Virtual Book Shop: https://www.wordbranch.com/face-in-the-mirror.html.
Word Branch is an independent publishing company located in the heart of Appalachia. WBP represents talented new and emerging authors who need a venue to make their voices heard and offers a diverse selection of drama, science fiction, personal growth, young adult, indigenous titles and more. http://wordbranch.com
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