We're delighted to welcome Sci Fi/Urban Fantasy author CM Doporto to this week's Welcome Wednesday spot. She's got a great post about what she'd re-do if she had the chance to rewind back to high school...
Erase the Rebellious Years
If I could rewind the years and go back to my high school days, there’s a lot I’d like to change. The main thing is my rebellious self. I’m not proud of some of the things I did and I’ve had to learn how to deal with them and forgive myself. Looking back, I can pinpoint a few causes. I think what attributed to my ‘wild hair’ was my family spoiled me. I am the first grandchild on both sides of the family. Sounds weird but I know it was attention that I craved. So, if my family didn’t give me that attention, I did things to get it.
I definitely grew up too fast. I don’t know if my hormones are to blame or my personality. I hung around older teens and through peer pressure started drinking and partying at a young age. That continued into my college years. Thankfully my boyfriend, now husband☺, pointed that out to me and I decided to stop.
My parents had me right after they graduated high school and all though they did their best to raise me and my siblings they avoided some of those tuff conversations such as ‘sex’. Their idea of sex education was, “JUST DON’T GET PREGNANT!” Thankfully, that didn’t happen and I avoided all those consequences. As a parent, I am taking a completely different approach.
I’ve never liked talking about my past but now that I write young adult books, I’m taking these painful experiences and weaving them into my story lines. My goal is to relate to what most teens experience and struggle with and hopefully guide them in the right direction. Dealing with peer pressure isn’t easy and when you’re a teen the lack of experience, naivety, or parental support can have a major impact on your life. It’s sad that sometimes we have to learn through our mistakes and I hope mine will make a difference in a teen’s life.
Author CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Arlington and her Master of Art’s Degree in Organizational Development from Dallas Baptist University. She writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way. CM is a member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Romance Writers of America and is associated with the Young Adult Special Interest Chapter. Visit her at: Facebook, Twitter: Pinterest, Goodreads, and on the Heroine blog.
CM Doporto is the author of the bestselling Young Adult Sci-Fi short story, The Eslites. The follow-up novel, The Eslites: The Arrival will be released in early Fall 2013.
When Miranda, superior donor destined to save the Eslites, learns the human race is in danger along with the donors at Nidus, she decides it’s time for the Eslites to set her and her friends free. Against the odds, she sets out on a quest to convince US government officials that what the Eslites are doing to them is violating the current order in place. Will she succeed or will the Eslites continue to test human females in hopes of producing offspring to save their race?
So what about you, dear readers, do you regret some of your former wild ways? What would you redo if you had the chance?