After four years of being bullied in high school, Layla Crimson moves to a small lesbian community in Chattanooga to discover herself and come to terms with her true identity. Once there, she quickly becomes the town’s “It Girl”, experiencing love and lust as she weaves her way in and out of relationships with an assortment of young women. But just as she is thriving in her newfound freedom, a string of mysterious suicides among her inner circle of friends threatens to lead Layla toward a twisted journey of undeniable fate.
In her debut novel, AS TOLD BY US, author Gabriella Meghan writes a captivating story of romance and murder, set in a world not often explored in today’s literature. Its a real world Meghan first discovered at 18-years old. “Like Layla, I was bullied through high school and was determined to reinvent myself,” she explains. “When I left home for college, I immersed myself into the local lesbian community and soon found myself completely turned on my head.”
According to Meghan, the community she entered was harsh, chaotic and malicious: rampant with sex, addiction and mental illness. “I would learn my lessons the hard way,” she continues, recalling a passionate affair with one women, in particular, who struggled with alcohol, pills, an undiagnosed bipolar disorder and anger issues. “I loved her so much and was determined to take on her demons. That was my first mistake. I didn’t realize I had my own demons to tame. We all do.”
“My hope is that readers, especially those trapped in a toxic relationship, will take AS TOLD BY US to heart and realize that life is about going through hell and back. It’s up to us to look at every mountain life throws our way as a challenge we can and will conquer.”
More of Meghan's work here: As Told By Us