#RiteOfRejection: Undervaluing ourselves

It's release week for Rite of Rejection and the kick off of the blog tour. Check out the tour page for a full list of all the stops. To celebrate all this awesomeness I've invited several authors to come talk about their own brushes with rejection. Today, we hear from Natasha Hanova, author of Edge of Truth.

I'm not going to lie. Rejection hurts. As a writer, I know this better than most. I have my share of writing-related rejection stories, but wanted to share one that taught me a lesson.
When I first graduated college, I was determined to find the perfect job. For me, that meant a place where my creative side could flourish. I took on temp jobs to pay bills while I scoured wanted ads and online employment sites. Then, I came across an ad from an outdoor theater, the ideal environment to surround myself with other artistic people. The position wasn't too challenging, but I could always work my way into a better one and use whatever downtime I had to work on writing.

The company planned to hold open interviews. Happy dance! The job was as good as mine. I always do well because I force friends and family into mock interviews, while I’m wearing a carefully selected interview outfit. Don't judge. I entered the office feeling confident. According to my interviewer's body language, things were looking good.

The session ended with words that altered my way of thinking: You sound like a great candidate, but you are over qualified. At the time, my disappointment was great. Reflecting back on the rejection, I now see that it was for the best. It certainly changed how I searched for work, taught me not to undervalue myself. I did eventually landed a job in marketing surrounded by creative types.

Natasha Hanova is the author of Edge of Truth, a YA dystopian. She enjoys sliding around the house in her socks and loves nibbling Peanut M&Ms while reading or writing paranormal, dark fantasy, and dystopian books with heavy doses of romance. Find Natasha on her blog, Twitter, or Facebook.    

Citizens who report to work on time, obey the Overlord’s laws, and stay off the Synbot’s radar, live long lives. Long, dull, monotonous lives. It’s not a bad plan for sixteen-year-old Rena Moon whose emotions trigger earthquakes. In a world pitted against her, she strives for a life beyond working herself to death at the factory. Seeing an alternative, she risks selling relics from the forbidden lands at Market. It becomes the worst decision she ever made. Someone kidnaps her best friend in exchange for the one thing that would end her oppression. Driven by loyalty, Rena and seventeen-year-old Nevan Jelani, soulful composer, green thumb extraordinaire, and the secret love of her life, plot to rescue her friend and reclaim her salvage. Still, the thought lingers whether Nevan is a true hero or another thief waiting for his chance at her loot. Events spin wildly, deepening Rena’s suspicions and pushing her limit of control. With more than her chance for freedom at stake, she must decide if she’s willing to kill to protect what’s precious to her. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s struggling so hard to escape?