The amazing Jennifer Gibson has stopped by to talk about her trilogy which includes: Sway, Compass, and Destiny.
The first book, Sway is an easy read, a simple introduction into Jessie's world. Sway is an honest portrayal about a teen who is severely hard of hearing and struggling to get through high school. It's a rare insight into the world of a young person living with a disability where the reader essentially walks a mile in Jessie's shoes.
From the very beginning we watch Jessie as she tries to find her
place in the society. In Sway, we begin to see her change and make interesting decisions based on what happens to her. Gradually, her path in life begins to shift and goes towards a new direction in Compass. She becomes more aware of who she is as a young person. The third book, Destiny, becomes a pivotal turning point that sets her on the right path where she becomes empowered and emerges a stronger person.
Throughout all three books I've incorporated visual symbolisms or representations that feature hope. Stars play a big part in Jessie's world. Whenever she is struggling, especially during those dark emotional times in her life, there is usually a sign to help her stay strong such as the appearance of a special spirit guide or messages given to her such as "To reach the stars, all you have to do is Believe." There is a sense of magic woven into the fabric of these stories.
Honestly? I wish I had this book when I was a teen, it would've given me more confidence knowing that someone else went through the same thing. It would've given me a sense of hope.
Sway and Compass have been released and are ready for your reading pleasure. Destiny will be released this year so keep a look out for it.