The letter below is part of an ongoing series featuring letters from authors to their teen selves. If you're a published author who'd like to participate in this series, we'd love to have you. Just click here and let us know you're interested. Today's guest is Victoria Fulton, author of Horror Hotel, which comes out tomorrow.
Dear Me at 18:
I know it hurts, but thank God that guy dumped you. Seriously. Rejection is life’s protection.
You’re unsure of yourself. You’re insecure as hell and a tiny bit pessimistic and maybe a lot judgmental. It’s normal for a teenager to be all of those things, to think they know everything, but please remember, you don’t. Not only do you not know everything, but thinking you do has got you lonely and stumped about what to do next. So you’re going to choose a college situation that probably isn’t the best for you, that is not relevant to your interests, that you will have to reroute later.
And you know what? It’s all okay.
Every misstep and mistake you make will lead you to this day, this moment when you are deliriously happy in all the unexpected ways. You will live in Los Angeles with your fiancé and your two cat children. You will co-found a company with your best friend that is thriving after 6 years of trial-and-error. You and your writing partner bestie will get exciting, juicy book deals that scratch that creative itch and kick off the big dream of building a storytelling empire.
Victoria as a teenager