Hi, sweet readers.
Well, it’s been nearly a year since I decided to self publish my books.
A year ago, I wouldn’t have even said “self-publish,” because the phrase was so loaded with nasty stigma. I would have said “make available to readers myself” or “indie publish.” Things have changed so much in just a year, and my life as a writer has changed right along with them.
As of today, I have two YA novels out in the world. It’s TWO’s release day today, and for some reason, I’m even more emotional – in all ways – than I was for ONE’s book birthday.
I think a lot of it has to do with TWO’s narrator – Elias. As opposed to Merrin, who is headstrong, tough, and, often, inconsiderate, Elias is quiet, patient, and absolutely wrapped up in the health and happiness of the people he loves. He’s easily wounded, and desperate for everything to be normal and for life to be calm. When things get tough, even though he feels desperate, he steps up to the plate, but his natural place is not the center of drama and excitement.
I know what that feels like. I knew, while writing, that Elias was the only character I’ve ever cried for. I’ve realized, in the post-production of TWO that Elias is a lot like me.
The rest of the unexpected emotion is the fact that this is my second book out in the world, and it feels GOOD. To me, it means I feel comfortable calling myself “author,” delighted and proud to share my stories with you.
In short, this was my goal since I wrote the first word of my first novel ever.
So, that’s what it feels like to share this book with you:
Deep connection. Pride. Peace.
Thank you so, so much for reading. I hope you like it.
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