Today is the day on which I go from being a writer to being a published author. This has been a wonderful journey so far. I have met so many authors, publishers, and editors…people who I would have normally been afraid to meet in person. And it has been a blast.
If you come to the book launch party today (Barnes & Noble at The Gateway, SLC, UT, 6:00 – 8:30 pm), please don’t be afraid to come meet me. I don’t bite. I will have chocolate…
I plan to post pictures of the book launch over the next couple of days so those who can’t make it can still see what all the fuss was about.
For those of you who dream of being a published author: DON’T GIVE UP. Keep writing. Share your writing. Submit your writing to publishers and/or agents. If you don’t succeed the first time, or even the fiftieth, keep trying. It is worth it!
I was recently asked in an interview what my favorite part of being a writer is. At first, I said it was the creative process. But then I had to admit it was something else. I write because I want my readers feel the things I feel when I write. This life is tough. Life is filled with times of loneliness, set-backs, grief, and despair. But that is not all! There are times when a person feels ALIVE. Times when we are touched by a piece of exquisite music, or thrilled by a stunning vista, or strengthened by the calm declaration of love.
I write because I want to give readers a sense of the wonder and awe which I feel in knowing that there is good in the world. Evil will not stand. Evil may have its day of perceived glory, but it will not last.
Good will WIN. People need to know that. They need hope.
That is why I write.
So, if you are having a bad day, or just need to escape from the dreary world, even if for a moment, read a good book. There are plenty out there. And if you are curious to see what I write about, I have samples of my writing linked at the very top of the blog under “READ”. Go read my short stories. I promise you they will help you to have hope!