A Dahlia Project Novel
About The Dahlia Project
Have you ever had a really big idea, one that is so monumental and game changing, that you can’t get it out of your head? And then, the more you think about it, the bigger it becomes? I’ve been hinting around having some big things in the works. Many of you already know about the new magazine, Love and Lace Inkorporated. If you haven’t heard of it, pop on over to the Love & Lace tab of my website after you finish reading this. While the magazine is taking up a lot of my time, I’ve been spending even more time working on The Dahlia Project. I’d like to take a moment to tell you a little bit about it.
Last August, I came up with a book idea that I just couldn’t shake. After months of toying with how I wanted to write this book, I finally began to put words on paper. The story is about young love that is tragically ripped apart, before finding each other again later in life. I’m going to stay vague about the plot for now, but I will give you a sneak peek into the heroine. Her name is Cadence.
Cadence is the founder of a non-profit organization that works as a go between for immigrants who want to become legal citizens of the United States and pro bono lawyers. The primary source of funding for her organization comes from a children’s book that she wrote and illustrated. You may be asking, why am I telling you this? I’m sharing this little snippet because this is how The Dahlia Project was born.
Writing a novel comes with research – lots and lots of research. Part of my research included learning about real life organizations that operate similar to the one that Cadence founded. On my quest for information, I discovered many great and noble things that organizations from all 50 states do to help our countries immigrants gain legal citizenship. I was incredibly inspired. I found myself asking, what can I do to help? This is when my brain literally exploded with ideas.
I had originally planned for Cadence to be a standalone novel. It will be, but it will also be part of a bigger series. Think of Shayla Black’s Wicked Lovers series – all standalone novels, but a collection of individual books. Cadence will be a part of The Dahlia Project series of books, each one with a different theme, and with unique characters and settings. And just in case you were worried - as dry as I probably made the book seem here, it is a true contemporary romance novel. You can count on plenty of emotion and a high steam factor in Cadence!
That all being said, do you remember the children’s book I mentioned? The one that Cadence relies on to fund her non-profit? Well…yeah. I’m going to make that book a reality too. I’m currently working with a children’s book illustrator who will help me bring this vision to life. More to come on that, but I will say that the focus of the children’s book will be diversity. The proceeds from this children’s book will be donated to the Young Center, an organization dedicated to helping young immigrant children. You can read more about the Young Center by clicking HERE.
I’m so incredibly excited about The Dahlia Project! Never in my life have I felt so determined to get something right. I want to make a difference, and to make this matter in a very real sense. I hope you’ll follow the journey I take with it! To stay up to date on its progress, subscribe to my newsletter by clicking HERE. You can also stay in the know by texting DAKOTA to 77948.