This morning I started writing a little message in my FANnigans group. Only, this little message grew into something of epic proportions and I figured I’d just turn it into a blog post, because it’s Saturday and I’m in this incredible mood of feeling completely in awe and blessed and I sort of wanted to run with that.
So, here it is. Just a note before we start: I’m not at all sorry for this humble-brag post. Every once in a while, it’s good to humbly-brag about your accomplishments. If you don’t acknowledge them and celebrate them, then you’re doing yourself a disservice. Or at least…that’s what I’m going to tell myself.
In November of 2013, when I was hard at work writing my debut novel Collide, my dear friend Elizabeth Barone told me about a broadcast show called First Draught where several published authors got together and talked about everything from plotting strategies to publishing challenges and musical inspiration. It was a broadcast show dedicated to writers by writers – it was hearing first hand what published authors encountered on their journeys. It gave me so much insight and understanding of a world I didn’t really fully comprehend.
I remember tuning in for my first show – “Plotters vs. Pantsers“. It was during this show that I was introduced to Tracie Puckett, Lashell Collins, Alexis Anne, Mary Chris Escobar, and Julia Kelly. A whole whack of talented authors with books I thoroughly enjoyed. It was during this show that I also learned which kind of writer I was (plantser, if you’re curious – which is a strange mix of both plotting and “winging it”).
I remember day dreaming during the broadcast show too…just a little bit…that maybe one day, I could be on a broadcast show like that, talking about books and writing and all the things about this industry that I love and adore.
Then…Tracie messaged me a while ago and asked me if I’d be interested in appearing on their broadcast show, Book Chat. Me. She said they were asking romance authors that they love. That they love. I remember almost crying upon hearing that – how crazy is that? Nearly two years ago, I was in awe (correction: still am in awe) of these talented ladies. Nearly two years ago, I dreamed things like this would happen but I truly didn’t think they would. Not this quickly. And it really is an inspiring, humbling thing…an incredible thing…to have someone you hold in high regard compliment your writing and think of you worthy enough to seek out and interview.
Of course, I said yes – and I’ll be sitting down on Friday, May 29th to chat with Tracie and Lashell about books, writing, and romance – three of my favorite things! I couldn’t be more excited for this. Nervous? Hell yes. I’ve never done a broadcast show before, and the two of them are naturals. Usually, when I’m in front of a camera, I lose the ability to form coherent sentences and I trip all over my words and I’m incredibly awkward but hopefully that won’t happen too much during the show. I really hope you all tune in!
It’s crazy to look back on the last two years, to actually see how far I’ve come. I’ve gone from “aspiring author” to “published author”, and I’ve met so many incredible people along the way. I’ve enriched my life with friendships and connections with talented, courageous and bad-ass people absolutely killing it in the writing industry (side note: I’m pretty sure everyone knows that ‘killing it’ is slang for ‘completely rocking and owning it’, right?).
Another update about upcoming things… Collide is nearly ready for re-release! I’ve got a sign up sheet going for any bloggers who’d like to participate in the re-release blitz. Feel free to sign up!