Hi friends! Just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas before the day got away from me. It’s at this time of year we all tend to sit back and think about the year and look forward to the year to come.
This year has been a wild ride for me. At this time last year, I got my very first kindle paperwhite for Christmas. I wanted one because the battery on my iPad only lasted for about 8 hours and I was a reading machine. Eight hours was not nearly long enough. I got that paperwhite and just started reading all day long as I baby-sat various video projects we were working on at the time.
If you told me last Christmas that by this year I’d have published my first novel and would be about to publish my second, I would have laughed. I always admired authors and how they could whisk us to a totally different world for a bit. I loved how the written word could make us feel emotions as if we were right there, living them with the characters. But I never thought in a million years I’d be able to do that.
In January, I started toying with the idea of writing my own book just for fun. Around mid-March I finally sat down and started writing. I would add a little bit to the story here and there and it’s still mind-boggling how the story of Olivia and Alexander came to be. I wish I was blogging back then so I could chronicle the progression. I remember certain parts. I remember getting an idea after dropping the hubs off at the airport to leave for rehearsals for the tour and the entire way home listened to one song on repeat so that when I got home I could write that scene. (It’s in the third book.) At first the Amelia Island chapters numbered just two. And that didn’t make sense to me, so I needed to add some drama and despair, so now the Amelia Island Chapters number around 14 or 15 I think. It’s just amazing how when you write, new ideas come to you and you let the story take you where it needs to. I always say I didn’t write the story; the characters did. And they truly did.
So, on this Christmas, I look back at the amazing year I’ve had and I realize I never would be where I am without the amazing support of my fans. You all picked up and read my book, regardless of the fact that I didn’t have a big publishing house backing me. Thank you for being so passionate about my book that you’ve told your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers. Words seem inadequate to truly express how thankful I am for all of you.
A number of fans have commented time and time again how they enjoy interacting with me on Facebook and how they appreciate the time I take to talk to fans through my page. I assure you, no matter what happens, I will always take time out of my day to hop on my Facebook page to post. I refuse to become one of those authors who no longer feel it necessary to interact with their fans because they’ll hit the NYT Best Seller’s list. We don’t know what the future holds for us, but I promise to always make time for my fans. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am.