Sometimes Never was actually my second book. When I started it, I just wanted to write about unlikeable, damaged characters. I wanted to show that not everyone is perfect—not even in the story world. My goal was to be honest. To portray the darker side of people, to not hold back, and to be blunt about a quieted subject.
Self-harm—especially cutting—is very misunderstood. It’s not something widely talked about. Bullying and drug and alcohol abuse are discussed in just about every school and household. But for some reason, a person hurting themselves is something we keep quiet about.
1 in 5 girls and 1 in 7 boys self-harm. That means, in an average class of twenty-five students, there are 5 girls and 3 boys that hurt themselves in some way. 8 kids out of each class.
I did a lot of research before I dove into writing SN, and at some point, my goal became letting others know they weren’t alone. I wanted them to know that no matter how bleak their lives may feel at the moment, there is someone else out there just like them. And more importantly, there is hope.
When I published Sometimes Never, I didn’t expect much. I assumed I would have a repeat of my first book—meaning maybe a few hundred people would pick it up over the next several months. I never, ever expected what ended up happening.
I self-published on December 18, 2012. On December 23, I text my sister because I was excited that it was ranked in the 5,000’s on Amazon. This was HUGE to me because with Dark Calling (my first book) I was still ranked in the upper 20,000’s.
On Christmas Eve, SN dropped to the 3,000’s.
On Christmas, 1,000’s.
From then on, everything got a little hectic and SN just kept dropping lower and lower in Kindle rankings. At some point after the New Year, I hit the top 100 Kindle Best Sellers, and I was speechless. Seriously. Completely speechless.
To this day, there still are not words big enough to express how it made me feel. How YOU made me feel. My readers. I’m not sure what you found in my little book that made you pick it up. All I can say is thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Cheryl McIntyre is a mother, author, and insomniac, as well as a reader, movie critic, and incredibly bad singer. She’s lived in the same area of Ohio her whole life, though she secretly has dreams of moving somewhere a little warmer—preferably near a beach.
Her life revolves around four things: family, music, books, and really bad scary movies. If she doesn’t have a kid on her hip, an iPod in her hand or a laptop in front of her face, it’s one of those rare moments when she’s actually sleeping.
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