I first started writing when I was around 5. It was a requirement in Kindergarten for some reason. You would think with such an early start that I would be a well-established, well-known author by this point, but unfortunately my writing skills remained average for those first several….decades.
My creativity was kept locked up in my mind. My friends that kept me company as I did my work or took me on adventures before I fell asleep each night, were my little secret. Though I LOVED to read about other people’s imaginary friends, and dreamed of people reading about mine, I was pretty sure that writing a book was impossible unless you were someone rich or famous.
But when stories are a part of who you are, they have a way of wanting to come out, even if it seems impossible. In university, I finally started to write out some of the story ideas that floated around my head. I had no idea what I was doing and really didn’t accomplish much of anything, but what was important was …. I started!
Life went by and the stories were like distant cousins – family, but they only show up for special occasions.
Until one story, like a bossy uncle, sat down and demanded to be written. Forcing me to stay up writing till 2 AM, catch a few hours sleep then head off to work, only to come back and continue writing. In the space of about 2 weeks, I managed to write 50,000 words. The story burned to be told.
I gave my rough draft to my sister to read. I was so happy, I finally felt that I had accomplished something. Sure it needed SOME editing, but it pretty much was a book. A smaller book perhaps, but still a book. However, I missed a very, very, very vital part in writing a historical romance novel – RESEARCH!!!
Jump forward 5 years and that same story hardly resembles that original attempt, but those characters that invited me into their lives and gave me their secrets to tell are still there. The heart of the story remains, it’s just no longer a story that only a mother – a.k.a. the author – could love.
During those five years, I also self-published my own line of children’s books using my pet rabbit as inspiration. I am so thankful to be able to produce my own books to get across messages such as sharing or working together. I love having the opportunity to produce material that I believe in, but self-publishing I have come to realize means you do it ALL.
Because of the valuable experience in self-publishing children’s books, I know that while I could self-publish my novel, I would much rather have those that know how to properly market books look after it. So that story that I have abandoned and retrieved time and time again is finally stretching its wings and introducing itself to the world.
These characters have been my friends for so long and I’m exited for you to finally meet them. Let me first begin by introducing you to Rosa. I first met Rosa when she was a timid 12-year-old girl on her way to work for the Westbrook family. It was there that she developed an unlikely friendship with the young Master Emerson Westbrooke, the second son of Lord and Lady Westbrooke. Years pass and both Emerson and Rosa grew up. Now Emerson returns home to find that while he may know his place in society, his heart does not. As trial and tragedy work to keep them apart, will this forbidden love ever survive?
I love this quote from Erica Jong “I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.:”. If you are an aspiring writer, let me encourage you to finish – or even to start – that project that is on your heart. I don’t believe anyone is born a great writer, but those that are diligent to learn and to improve are the ones that can succeed.
My journey is still just beginning, but I hope you will come along with me as we enter this brave new world of publishing.
I would love to hear your story in the comments below – whether you are a writer or not. 🙂