“Life is not one straight highway; sometimes it's an offbeat path with no direction, no signs, no warnings, and often with no apparent reason. It is rarely traveled on because there is no conclusive outcome and no defined ending until a person arrives there.”
Hunter - A Heart of Time
Let’s see… I never thought I’d have to talk about myself so much in my adult life, but I guess we all have to do it at some point. You may not know, but I’m an introvert, I swear… Or I was, until I became a writer. Weird how that all changes. I wanted to internalize my thoughts, write them out, and hide them so no one would ever see the craziness that happens inside of my head. Well, a little push and a little shove goes a long way because my husband encouraged me to put my words out there for everyone to see. At first, I laughed, then I cried at the thought of it. Putting myself out there to be judged, reviewed, and criticized was what I feared the most. At the time, I didn’t even consider that readers might actually enjoy what I have to say.
It’s been almost four years since I started this unbelievable journey. The fears I had were completely legitimate because, heck ya, I get judged on a daily basis…authors get reviewed for a living! I get criticized, ripped apart, torn down and yeah…those happenings in my life have built me up to be a person I never…and I mean never thought I would become. I have embraced this career and I have looked it head on with a shield I almost kind of don’t think I need anymore. Of course, I have my moments of weakness, but I now know those moments only make me better and stronger. I HAVE listened to every critical review and piece of feedback that has been written about my books over the past three years, and I now yearn for it. It’s like the key to success in the author world.
But… (This is a big but)
While there will always be people who don’t like my books, I believe I am one of the luckiest authors out there because I have readers who are now friends, and supporters and people who want to help me and boost me up—they’re my rocks and encouragers and it’s because of them (you, if you’re one of them) that I continue to push forward and write as fast as I can write. I am so grateful to every person who has been by my side throughout my writing career. You mean the absolute world to me.
I never expected my books to go far, I still don’t, so when I accomplish goals like bestsellers lists, it’s like all of the wishes I have made on stars and birthday candles have finally come true. I’ve found what makes me truly happy and whether I’m good at it or not, happiness is all I’ve ever wanted. So, I’m lucky. I have what I want and I get to keep working at it and I’m never left with fear that I might have to give it up some day.
Here I am pretending like I don’t like to talk about myself and I’m totally babbling :).
Anyway, if you haven’t read any of my books yet, dig in! And yes, I am as crazy as the stories I write (but in a good way). If you have read some of my books or all of them, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.