I sit here today completely in awe of myself and of my friends. My wonderfully amazing friends, my second family that lives in my computer, who knew I needed help. They all know how much I am struggling to get back in the swing of things since my brother’s passing and they got together and have gotten me, and my book that releases tomorrow, The Tempering in USA Today.
I am about to release my third book in the last seven months and am writing my fourth. I have met some of the most amazing women in that time, and even a man or two. The indie community is more than I ever thought it would be. For the most part, everyone is welcoming and encouraging and more than happy to lend a hand. I LOVE being a part of this community.
The Tempering is the first in a series, and the first of my books that I really feel like it’s my baby. I loved Life on Loan and Overexposed, but there is just something about The Tempering that makes me feel so much stronger about it. Something that screams, THIS is your book. THIS is a GREAT book.
Losing my brother this past month put a lot of things into perspective for me. Just about everything really. He was so proud of me. So proud of my work, even if I wasn’t raking in the sales or hitting best seller lists. He didn’t care about the numbers. He read what I wrote and was proud of that. As an author, we tend to forget that it isn’t all about the numbers. We can and should be proud of ourselves for writing this novel that we spent so much time on. We should be proud of the little things.
But it’s not just the book I am proud of. I am proud of myself for putting it out there. For opening up to these strangers online and hoping that they could help me. I am proud of myself for allowing myself to turn these strangers into friends. I am proud that they think highly enough of me and my work to go to whatever lengths they had to to get my name and my book in USA today. I am proud of every tweet and blog post that another person wrote because they believe in me. And I am grateful. I am grateful for every last bit of it. I don’t ever want to take anything this publishing journey throws at me for granted.
I hope you all continue on this crazy, wild, and amazing journey with me. I hope you all love The Tempering and Mackenzie as much as I do. I hope that you will always feel you can approach me with any questions or comments and know that I will always respond.