Here’s a glimpse into my writing journey. It all began with books.
I have always loved to read. I read a lot in school and I read a lot now. 2014 was the year of books for me. I read 135 books that year. Yes, I kept track of them. I started a notebook that year. 135 books ranging from James Patterson to Janet Evanovich to Camy Tang to Dana Mentink.
I had started reading James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club in January 2014. My father was hospitalized several days later and would later die on January 30th.
Books were my therapy. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I finished the Women’s Murder Club series. I completed the Stephanie Plum series. There were even a few more series that I read. I escaped into my books.
In the beginning of 2015, I was reading one day and I thought, “I could write a book.” I got my computer out and started building on a scene that was rattling around in my brain. I don’t remember how but I came across a contest and decided to enter. Love Inspired’s Blurb to Book. I didn’t make it past stage one but I didn’t let that stop me. I finished my novel and started a second one.
Thanks to a very persistent bestie I kept looking for publishers. I wasn’t going to submit to anymore until I had the first draft of book two done. That way I could say, “Oh you liked Small Town Stalker? I have another book.”
One day in March, I was on my lunch break and scrolling through Facebook and someone posted about #PitMad on Twitter. I rushed to squeeze my 53,000 word novel into 144 characters. I thought the synopsis was bad.
I put it out there and bam I got a like. A like meant someone wanted to read my book! I sent a synopsis and 3 chapters and 1 week later they requested the whole thing. Then the agonizing wait began. I knew it could take 6-8 weeks before I knew anything but that didn’t stop me constantly checking to see if there was a light flashing on my phone indicating an email.
Then it happened. One glorious morning, while I laid in bed trying in vain to go back to sleep after waking up for the 100th time (It wasn’t the anxiety, it’s a constant battle.) I heard my phone chime with an email. I didn’t bother to check, I didn’t want to turn on the bright light, I’d never get back to sleep then. I had no idea what time it was because we don’t keep a clock in our bedroom. When you wake up several times during the night, you want to go back to sleep, not lay in bed calculating how long until you have to wake up.
The alarm went off. I turned it off and saw an email from the editor! I read it and then happy danced. I happy danced all morning. I might have even shrieked a little. I told my husband, called my mom, called my bestie. I had a permanent smile the entire day.
Details were ironed, contracts were signed, introductions were made. So far, I only know that the book could be released as early as November or as late as March 2018.
I’ve successfully met 2 editing deadlines. I’m still waiting on the feedback from the second deadline. While I wait, I’m working on getting the second book, Expecting Danger, up to code and starting on book 3.
So there’s some motivation for you. Never give up!