So....where is my party? Presents? Do I AT LEAST get a new dress and matching hair ribbon?!
One year ago today, my first book, 'The Solicitation', was published with Blushing Books. It rose to take the number one spot on the top 50 within a few days, and stayed in the 1,000's on Amazon.com for a few weeks. I was a brand new author, 26 years old and had just moved from England to the US. It was such a time of change and growth, and now I can't believe it's been a whole year. I never planned to write full-time. I didn't think I could love writing as much as I do. Or that I could make it work to stay home full-time and actually do it. I never thought I would write five part series. I didn't even really know what I was doing when I wrote book 1 , only that the story was going to fall out of me if I didn't get it on paper. When I wrote close to 20,000 words, my husband said, 'you have to get this published.' I ended up adding another 49,000 words. I didn't think anyone would publish it, let alone read it. 'The Solicitation' is still my BEST selling book in the Waldorf Manor series and sells more every month than any of the other books. It's where everything began for both Alice and for me. Perhaps that's why it's been so difficult to finish book V. It's emotional to let go. Extremely. But here I am, one year later. Working on book V to close the WM series before I move on to one of the other twelve standalone titles I have in process.
Thank you to everyone who has purchased and reviewed my books. I'm so very humbled by the way you've commented or emailed me to tell me how my books (oh gosh!) have:
- challenged you - helped you heal - given you a safe place to escape - made you laugh - and cry - helped you reevaluate your manner of speaking or presenting yourself (wow!) - touched you - touched a nerve that led to reflection or healing
It's lovely to earn an income from writing. But lovely doesn't change hearts or impact lives. So, thank you for allowing my books into the deepest parts of you. The number of private emails from people who have opened up and shared their pain, their secrets - because they identify with one of my characters. It absolutely makes it all worth it. Thank you to the fans who have become my friends, thank you for the emails - keep them coming. Thank you to the readers who wait patiently for each book and come back again with reviews that encourage, inspire and sometimes, challenge me.
If you're a fan of the Waldorf Manor series, I would love to hear what your favourite quote or chapter is, or which book you identify with best. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. I will be giving away a small prize to a random commenter to celebrate my special day.