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Introducing My WIP

Hey, sparkles! It’s been most definitely too long since we’ve posted… I’m so sorry! Between NaNoWriMo, Crazy Writing Week, COVID, and life, we’ve all been so busy! But enough of excuses. I hath returned, and I have a special post today! I’m introducing my NaNoWriMo baby…. What Matters Most! 


Trixie Gold doesn’t understand people. Sometimes people care, and sometimes they don’t. Like her parents, who don’t care for each other and left her with her older sister, and like her sister, who seems so caught up in building a future she hardly sees Trixie. So when it seems that the popular kids at her new school are caring, Trixie happily jumps into their midst… only to find out that she still feels alone. 

Clover O’Mally is hard on herself. Even as her blog grows in followers, she can’t help but wish that she knew how to speak to people offline the way her best friend Amelia does, and when people say mean things, she’s prone to believe them. When she encounters bullies, she begins to inwardly tear herself apart.

Amelia Standish feels forgotten. As the middle child and only girl in her family, she wonders if she’ll ever be as popular as her best friend, Clover, or the new girl, Trixie. When she sets her mind to get noticed, it hardly seems to matter who’s doing the noticing; as long as they’re popular, she wants them to see her. When popular boy Wyatt begins to pay attention, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep it that way.

A little bit of chance and their hidden desires blaze into a fire of friendship when the girls meet. But as each is confronted with the question of who they are and what they believe in, things start to fall apart. Is friendship worth preserving if it exposes your brokenness? And how do you save what already seems gone?

What It’s About

I love this story because it’s a story of discovering that other people don’t define your worth. It’s the story of learning what really matters and what doesn’t. It’s the story of three teenagers who are lost, trying to find their way through the world. Yes, there’s romance, but that isn’t a central part. Because no girl or guy decides where you stand or what you’re worth. 

I could make this a Christian story because I believe God defines worth, but my goal isn’t to preach in this book. My goal is to help teen girls, especially those in middle school and starting high school, understand that popularity doesn’t matter as much as they might think. Neither does having a boyfriend. Your life is your story, and YOU get to decide what each chapter contains. Not those around you. It isn’t about how small your waist is, how rich your family is, what clothes you wear, or who your friends are. These years are to figure out who you really truly are. Don’t let someone else lie to you.

I also need to say that there will most likely be a sequel. But I have never finished entirely one book before, let alone two, so this will be a journey. Let me know if you’d like to maybe be a part of the process!

When Will It Be Published?

Ah yes. The question asked about every book-to-be by every interested or semi-interested reader. The answer? I currently am not sure. What I do know is that I hope to self-publish it sometime between September 2022 and April 2023. Is even that certain? No. No it is not. I haven’t gone back for round one editing yet, so I can’t tell you how much work this baby’s going to need… or if I will become too embarrassed to share it with the world. But do I want to? YES.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you have any questions about my book? Are you interested in reading it? What Matters Most to you?


Published by Kaley Kriesel

Hello, friend! I'm Kaley, a teen girl pursuing Jesus and working toward sharing powerfully authentic stories for Young Adults who want clean, life-changing books. I play three instruments and have a passion for music as well as a love for reading. I believe words can change the world. If you want to find out how, check out my blog, Words!

8 thoughts on “Introducing My WIP

    1. Thank you so much! Unfortunately, all my spots are filled. Still, if you’re ever interested in being an ARC reader, let me know! You would read it and review/help promote it. It’s perfectly fine if you don’t want to, I just thought I’d offer. Although it will be a while. 🙂

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