VeraMicic Presents: Bullied and Writing in English as a Non-Native Speaker
Hello, everyone! My name is Vera. I'm the evil writer who likes to surprise her readers with a lot of unpredictable twists, ups and downs, and her personal favorite—cliffhangers. I just love emotional stories that contain inspirational and educational messages, so if you happen to stumble upon my stories, you better prepare yourself for an emotional roller coaster ride with a lot of heartbreaking moments.
My book Bullied, which is the first book in the Bullied series, deals with severe bullying issues, which many people have, unfortunately, experienced or encountered, but not many are able to speak about. This is a story that came from my heart, which was fueled by my need to show the cloudy side of the world—the one filled with sadness, loss, prejudices, mental issues, dysfunctional families, poverty, and bullying.
Bullied is a bit darker YA romance, which shows pure cruelty and how badly bullying can influence a person—up to not being able to fight back because of fear, low self-confidence, and distrust. Sarah Decker, my main character, suffers from social anxiety as a consequence of being bullied over a long period of time, which is just one of many possible effects of the long-exposure to verbal/nonverbal abuse.
At the same time, I tried to show the importance of understanding other people. Each coin has two sides, which means that we shouldn't judge others too quickly. Bullied is also a story of bullies. It shows both sides of the coin and what leads dysfunctional individuals to bullying, as it can be seen in the example of Hayden Black, who is the main male character of the series.
Sarah and Hayden are enemies in the start—two damaged, dysfunctional people who can't understand each other, separated by many twists of their fates—until they are intertwined and able to reconcile, which can glue the pieces of their broken hearts together and let them heal.
Sarah and Hayden's romance is a long, bumpy journey, and it's the one that blooms on the ground filled with hatred and misunderstandings. Their story is filled with a lot of ups and downs on their way to healing and becoming better, showing that even in the darkest times a tiny flame of love can survive and turn into something much stronger and powerful if two individuals manage to overcome their obstacles and reach mutual trust, respect, and understanding.
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