Never give up…yup, that’s what I believe. For years, I dreamed of publishing a book, but my insecurities got in the way. I’d write, read my draft then immediately decide I didn’t have the skills nor the talent to write a story.
Somewhere along the line, though, I developed a need to give up my fears and go for it. I mean, what did I have to lose? A little pride, for sure. Getting rejected on any level is a gut punch and goes right to the heart of who we are. But…choosing to ignore my dream was also a form of rejection–and of the worse kind–rejecting myself.
Took me forty-seven years, but I finally found the courage, and so, now, seven years later, on a day in Phoenix where the temperature feels like a thousand degrees, I am about to achieve a goal I never thought to attain–publishing my very first book — Hometown Player. Wowza…
This proves, if I can publish a book, then anyone can realize their dream too!
Not only have I achieved my goal of publishing a book, at the end of May, my second book, Welcome to Aberdeen, will be published. And, if I’m really lucky, I hope to have my third and fourth out next year…Mr. January and Hometown Heartthrob.
Hate to say it, but I’m putting my COVID-lockdown to good use. 🙂
But, back to Hometown Player. When I wrote the short, I never thought I’d publish the story. Really, for me, it was an exercise in getting to know Ben and exploring his world of a carefree man seizing his opportunities. However, the more I developed the story, the more I saw potential, and through that process, I really ended up loving him, and the story, even more.
Thankfully, my publisher, Wild Rose Press, agreed.
I hope my readers enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed creating it.
On May 27, Welcome to Aberdeen will be available, which continues Ben’s journey.
Not to sound cliche, but having two books published is a dream come true!
And I hope, whatever your dreams, you reach for them.
What have you got to lose?