Afraid of Everything

I’ve got a new book coming out soon, hopefully in October if I can get through the final edits and let it go. It’s a novel, Afraid of Everything, and you can see here the cover and summary, followed by a little story on how the idea came to me.

Helena Carr is afraid of everything. After a crisis at work, she quits her job and feels lost. It’s time for a serious change, to beat the extreme anxiety that has plagued her since childhood. Something different, unplanned and radical. Sell her house, move to a foreign location, turn her life upside down in an effort to end the emotionally paralyzing fear. 

Before Helena can act on her options, however, she has a terrible accident on a Southern California freeway. Instead of going on an exotic vacation, she is in a hospital, in a coma, traveling to strange worlds of another dimension, meeting people who seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.

As Helena explores this intriguing new world, she realizes the truth about her past and the purpose of her future. And she is no longer afraid. Helena is at last ready to live. But first, she must wake up from the coma.

This idea came to me shortly after I finally admitted to myself I was afraid of practically everything.  Anything I accomplished in life came after first facing the horrible anxiety that preceded it. I have little tricks for getting past my fears. But I won’t go into that or I’d have a series of posts instead of a single one.

One particularly anxiety-plagued day I was laying in bed, curled under the covers, imagining what it would feel like to be in a coma.

I thought of a woman, afraid of everything, who ends up in a coma and finds it a place of comfort rather than pain. In fact, it is an escape from the pain of living. I imagined her experiencing a transitional place, a spirit world, where she learns things and grows as a result. This was the kernel of the idea that grew into my novel.

It’s been a lot of fun to write, refreshing and healing actually, and difficult to let go of at the end. I think I’ll do an official blog tour for this one, probably through Women on Writing. However, if anyone would like an electronic ARC for review purposes, let me know in the comments and I’ll get you one.

Afraid of Everything is available for pre-order on the WiDo Publishing website and Amazon. And on Goodreads here.

13 thoughts on “Afraid of Everything

  1. Hilary

    Hi Karen … love the idea you’ve expressed here – I have to say I can’t imagine you being afraid of anything .. after bringing up your large family and generally coping with all life throws at you – and then going to live in another country …

    Congratulations on the new book … sounds like a winner .. cheers HIlary

  2. Arlee Bird

    Great title and fantastic concept. I’d love to read it, but I’m afraid to request the ARC copy since I already have a number of e-versions of books that I still haven’t read. Hope you do well with this.

    Tossing It Out

  3. char

    I love this premise. If you need reviewers, I could start on it within the next week since I’m done with my other books. Good luck with your release.

  4. simonkewin

    That sounds fantastic to me – a powerful idea. The best of luck with it. It is all too easy to be paralysed by fears.


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