Learning To Bend
by Michelle Davis
GENRE: Women’s Fiction
Jenna Moore’s flawlessly orchestrated life and engagement to Ben Kelly, “the perfect man,” vanish when she discovers a controlling side of her fiancé. Confused and unsure of who she is without Ben, Jenna decides to uproot from her safe, predictable life in Boston and move to Bend, Oregon, hoping to find her answers there. It’s when she meets Jackson, a former Navy SEAL who battles demons of his own, that Jenna finds the courage to let go of being perfect and embrace uncomfortable risks, transforming her life through forgiveness, compassion, surrender and acceptance. Yet the rewards from discovering her true self exceed Jenna’s expectations – not only does she find the greatest love of her life, but she also understands what’s kept her from learning to bend.
Twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four… one more, I think to myself, straining to finish the final pull-up. Twenty-five. Done. I then grab a thirty-five-pound kettlebell and begin the first of three sets of twenty swings. The clock on my nightstand says 4:41. I spend the next half-hour hammering my muscles with weights, knowing that is not the end of my morning workout – I still have a run. Welcome to my world. This is my daily practice, my religion. It’s the only stable aspect of my life. But I need it, crave it actually. It’s what helps me counter the nightmares and the pain.
It’s been over a year now. My thirty-four-year old body hasn’t physically changed since I left the SEALS. At six feet two, discipline and hard work have kept me at a steady weight of 197 pounds. In fact, my only variance from years of following the SEAL’s strict codes is that I grew out my hair. Now, it’s almost at my shoulders. I think letting it grow was symbolic at first, representing a departure from my former life as a Navy Commander. Yeah, those were the best years of my life. I loved what I did, and my guys were freakin’ awesome, totally dependable and loyal as dogs. But afterward, it was impossible to stay. I couldn’t trust myself.
What would we find under your bed?
You’d find a roller (to massage out sore muscles), two yoga blocks, and a yoga mat. Plus, you might find our little dog, Bella, as she tends to hide under our bed.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I would probably say that it was twenty-one years ago, and we were at Disney World with my parents and our two sons. During one of the parades, our four-year-old son disappeared. While we found him wandering around the crowd, it was the scariest ten minutes of my life.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
What I listen to depends on the time of the day. In the morning, we have “Zen” music playing. Actually, it’s a beautiful backdrop for journaling and contemplative writing. Later in the day, when I’m alone in the house, I opt to play a variety of music – ranging from mellow jazz, to soulful blues, to pop hits (especially if I need a burst of energy).
What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
I would like to finish the manuscript for my next book, The Healers. Having been focusing so much on revising, editing, and publishing Learning to Bend, I haven’t been able to just write. And, I miss that.
How long did it take you to write this book?
From start to publication, it took two and a half years. However, there were periods of time that I didn’t focus on the book. Still, writing a novel, cover to cover, required a great deal more time and energy than I ever imagined. Yet, I believe that it has been totally worth it ☺.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Michelle Davis, whose career path includes banking, teaching, and college admissions consulting, holds a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University and a M.S. in Education from St. Joseph’s University. Through her blog, elevate, Michelle’s goal is to inspire others to shift their perspectives and welcome change as they realize their life purpose. A Pennsylvania native, Michelle and her husband enjoy visiting their sons in Boston and spending time in Bend, Oregon, the settings of her debut novel, Learning to Bend. To learn more about Michelle and how to elevate your life, visit www.michellemdavis.net.
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