Cuts & Bruises

Kelly’s debut young adult novel will be published May 24th, 2022 under Cranthorpe Millner Publishers.

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I’d imagine my family finding me and wonder how they’d react. Would they be surprised? Devastated? Relieved? Would I survive? Would they find me just at the last second, resuscitating me at the vital moment before I could slip away? I could see their angry faces flashing before my eyes, screaming, “Selfish, selfish, selfish! How selfish can you be?”

Life has become banal and monotonous for 16-year-old Samantha Ward. The blade she drags across her skin is the only thing that makes her feel alive, that makes her feel real.

With the death of her beloved Grandmother and the rejection of her best friend, Samantha falls ever further into the grips of her darkness, every day adding to the collection of marks on her skin.

Desperate and tired of waiting for change, Samantha ventures out into the rain and finds herself drawn to the graveyard nearby. She stumbles across her classmate Michael Gallagher with a noose swaying behind him. Choosing careful words, Samantha convinces him to leave it behind.

With an unspoken bond between them, a friendship blooms. But as Samantha struggles to keep her habit a secret, she realises that Michael is hiding his own secrets too.

Centred around the theme of mental health, it is similar in tone to the likes of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”.

Publishing May 24, 2022

Cuts & Bruises Updates

Cuts & Bruises: Publishing Update #3

It’s been a long time since I’ve written here. The recent phase of editing for “Cuts & Bruises” simply took over and I had no time nor energy for anything else. But now, I am finally moving on to the next stage so thought I’d write a quick update. I received the second proof copy…

Cuts & Bruises: Publishing Update #2

Time for another update! In case you’re new here, I’m planning to write at least monthly updates in the run-up to the launch of my debut novel, “Cuts & Bruises” next year. It’s been a very exciting journey so far (and will continue to be so), but also quite stressful. I want to write a…

Cuts & Bruises: Publishing Journey Update!

Hey there! It’s been a hot second since I’ve written a blog. I just thought I’d write up a quick update about where I’m at with my DEBUT NOVEL. I swear, I still don’t think it’s quite sunk in that it’s actually happening. You know how you chase something for so long that when you…

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