A Letter to the Reader of Most of All You

Dear Cherished Reader,

I’m often asked where the inspiration for my stories comes from. The true answer is that it’s different every single time. In the case of MOST OF ALL YOU, it started with Bob Marley.

Last year at some point, I read a quote often attributed to the musical legend, and it sort of stuck in the back of my mind, and I found myself thinking about it now and again. It goes like this: “If she’s amazing, she won’t be easy. If she’s easy, she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it, you won’t give up. If you give up, you’re not worthy. Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.”

I know, right? Wow. Those words punched right at my gut. There’s such depth and beauty in that quote, and yet, let’s be honest, broken people are hard to love. Broken people break your heart. Suffering? No . . . thanks. And making a commitment not to give up on those who have been given up on before is often just asking to be hurt.

So, who among us is strong enough for that? I asked myself. Who would even take the risk? Who wants to love someone who doesn’t love themselves? Who is brave enough to willingly hand over their heart to a person who’s in a place of darkness?

It was in these questions that MOST OF ALL YOU was formed. It was in these ponderings that Gabriel Dalton was born.

It’s my belief that the wisest and most sensitive souls are those who have been broken themselves and found a way to put their pieces back together. For who can know the true meaning of light unless they’ve been immersed in darkness? Who else can say, “I’ve been there, and I promise you—I promise you—there is life after this. Yes, even this.” Who else can determine with love and wisdom who’s worth suffering for?

I call them angels on earth. I’ve known them. I’ve been wrapped in their wings when I myself was in a place so dark I didn’t think I’d ever see the light again. They are the people who showed up, and then kept showing up, over and over, day after day, for no reason other than love. They are the ones who looked me in the eye with honesty and conviction and said, “Your heart will heal—it was what it was made to do.” And because of them, I learned to breathe life again, to allow hope back into my heart, and to know without a doubt that they believed I was worth suffering for.

MOST OF ALL YOU is a story about the power of love such as this. Love that comes from a place of light, of hope, of knowing. Love that says, you are worth suffering for, but even more so, love that promises: your heart will heal—it was what it was made to do.

With great love, Mia Sheridan

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