And no one is more surprised than I am.

I wrote Mourn the Sun without thinking much about it, just writing what was there. But I was doing an exercise on Phillipa Fioretti’s site today to help me distill the core story from my book so I could write an effective synopsis, query letter, pitch, and one sentence answer to “so what’s your book about?” (I haven’t finished so don’t ask me that yet.)

In so doing, I discovered a profound theme and one of the reasons I fell in love with Jacob and had to write his story.

— We don’t have to be defined by the labels others would give us. We don’t have to live the life we’ve been assigned. We have a choice.

I rather like that idea.

My book has meaning.

Don’t worry, I didn’t do it on purpose and I’ll try not to do it again.