Two years later…
As the year winds down, and as I look toward 2018 with excitement, I need to look back for a moment before I can even contemplate the new year. 2017 has been challenging in so many respects, but for all the bad that I’ve pushed through, the good definitely outweighs it.
At the beginning of 2017 I wasn’t sure were I’d be in the months to come, but with the support and love from friends and readers, I’m looking toward the coming year with happiness in my heart. I’ve moved past obstacles through the first quarter, and stepped into an exciting time in my career.
I attended my first author signing, I signed a contract with Carina Press, and I’ve made some incredible friendships with readers and authors alike. In life we all learn from out past, and if we didn’t have to go through hardships, we wouldn’t be stronger than we were yesterday and that’s what I’m taking 2017 as. It was a year to learn, to grow, and to realize that life is a roller coaster and we just have to hold on.
In both my personal and professional life, I have made big changes. I’ve walked away from situations, and into better ones and I’m happier for it. So, as I come up to my second anniversary in my publishing journey, I find myself excited for what lies ahead. The promise of doing what I love every day is something that will keep me going no matter what happens.
Writing is a passion that grips you in it’s hold and doesn’t let go. It’s what drives all of us authors to put words on paper for our readers. But also, it’s our characters that drive us forward and tell us not to give up. We all write about life, love, and the trials that happen in everyday life, and if our characters are strong enough to survive, so are we.
I’m thankful, humbled, and so emotional as I write this because the readers who beg and plead for the next book, the next story, they’re my motivation on days where I feel like giving up. They give me the strength to keep going. To keep moving forward. To put more words on those pages for them to devour.
I’m grateful to the authors who’ve become friends rather than acquaintances. Who’d showed me support, love, and given advice when I needed it. You mean more to me than you can ever imagine. I don’t have words that can thank you all enough for everything you’ve done.
December 1st, 2015 I hit publish for the first time. I didn’t know what I was doing. I wasn’t sure I’d sell any books. I figured I’d just do it just that once and that would be it. December 1st, 2017, I’ve successfully published 15 books (full length and novellas) as well as two novels under another pen name.
Time has flown by and it still feels surreal.
So, here’s to another year, and another, and another, and….