This is it! The week my first novel releases!! It’s been an amazing journey to see my dream become a reality.
When I was in grade school, I’d runaway when things weren’t to my liking. I’d make it as far as a little horse trailer in the corner of our eight acres. From the roof of that rusted shed I’d let my imagination invent stories of what I was sure was happening or would happen when my family discovered my absence and their great loss. It was tragic- those stories would bring me to tears. Then I’d go home and realize no one even noticed my absence!
In eight grade I wrote a short story but never needed it for my own class. So my cousin turned it in for her class. Okay, maybe that wasn’t so ethical :/, but her teacher loved that story and her encouraging words, the A+ on the paper, and the fact that she read it to her whole class, have stuck with me for thirty-three years!
In high school I’d write stories that were 20-30 pages long. My friends would pass them around and write their comments on the folders that held them. I still have those folders and stories.
Twelve years ago, I started writing again and on Saturday, October 15, 2016, one of the stories I’ve written during those twelve years will be released!
I feel like I’m wearing all my emotions on my sleeve–excitement, nervousness, fears, anxiousness, uncertainty. If you talk with me this week, I may laugh–or I may tear up!
More than anything, I feel extremely blessed and so very thankful. God planted a dream in me when I was young and now He has brought it to reality.
So many of you have been a part of this journey. THANK YOU for your encouragement and kind words. This dream was bigger than anything I could ever do. But time after time God placed one of you at just the right moment in my life to speak a kind word of encouragement.
If I’ve learned anything on this journey, it’s that encouragement can keep someone’s dream moving forward. It isn’t for me to decide if their dream is attainable or not. I just need to speak the words that keep them moving forward–God will do the rest. So many of you let God use you in order to keep me moving forward for all these years. I don’t take any of that for granted. I wouldn’t be having this book released on Saturday if it weren’t for YOU.
Thank you for being my encouragers. Your words, excitement, and interest kept me going. I have no doubt that God used you in those moments.