Sorry I haven’t been around much, things have been beyond crazy, but as stated I did it! I am now a published novelist! Every time I write those words I want to squeal. As so many of you know, my journey to get here has been a long one with ups and downs, but such is life for any creative person, I guess.
To catch you up on how all of this came to be, about the middle of last year I signed on to take part in an anthology to help a fellow Indie author battling cancer. To find this awesome collection, click here. In all honesty, when I first heard about the project, I was nervous. I had shared my short stories with all of you but putting a piece out there to be bought by the masses was really intimidating. A dear writing friend who has been with me through it all encouraged me to go for it, though. In the months this project was coming together I made friends with some of the other authors involved including the fantastic Kristen Collins (seriously, check her out, the girl rocks). We swapped the stories of our writing journeys, mine in all the gory details, and I told her about the publisher I had been looking at and the price tag that came with it. Wild Dreams Publishing (the publisher of the anthology) wasn’t taking new pieces at the time and Kristen suggested Crazy Ink Publishing to me. She thought it would be a good fit.
Y’all, I’ve mentioned I’m a Christian before and I know God lead me to this publisher. I submitted my novel to them, and not only did they accept it for publication, but I’ve now found a literary home and I couldn’t be more grateful. About a month ago I signed on to write exclusively for them! I have so many projects in the works I can’t wait to share about, in addition to my debut novel Would You Have Believed Me? (The eBook of which can be purchased here, or you can grab a paperback here. These links should work both inside and out of the USA. ) Amazon will even let you read the first couple of chapters to help you decide if the book is for you!
Would You Have Believed Me? published on May 10, the sequel Gut Check is set to publish this coming November and I’m just about ready to wrap that one up. The rest of this series will be publishing throughout next year.
Would You Have Believed Me? started as a short story I wrote when I was 14 years old and has taken 13 years to come to where it is today. The idea for it came to me originally because of the age gap between my parents–22 years to be exact–and I was scared of what could happen in my dad passed away when I was still a kid. This is why the main character’s name is Justine. I wanted to walk through how I might react without actually putting myself in the story. I can remember writing certain scenes and shaking so badly I had to take a break but I guess that’s what happens when I put my heart into something. A fun bit of trivia is that every living creature in my house shows up in the series somewhere. My mom’s name in spelled backward to create the town they live in, my cat’s nickname is a tea Justine drinks, my dog’s nickname is the diner one of the viewpoint characters works at, and I named one of the character’s they meet in book 2 who helps them after my dad. This story and these characters will forever be a part of my heart and it means the world to me to finally be able to share them with everyone!
My writing life has gone from dead to more abundance than I know what to do with. I say this with more gratitude in my heart than I can properly express and so much excitement for the future! I’ve been learning so much about the publishing process and just want to say another massive thank you to all of you who have been here with me from the beginning! I wouldn’t be where I am without your support.