For my first blog post I wanted to talk a little about the journey I have been on that culminated in achieving a life long goal of publishing my first novel "Revoked". The journey started one Christmas morning many years ago when I received my first typewriter.
In some ways, publishing a novel is like raising a child. You nurture, edit, re-write, love, and coddle as much as you can; but then the day comes when your novel/child is ready to get out there on his, her, or its own.
It really started in 2008 when I took a course entitled "Writing for Children and Teenagers" from the Institute of Children's Literature and this ultimately led me to take another course - "Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel" from the LongRidge Writers Group. These courses taught me so much about the craft of writing. When I look back at where I started and where I am now, there is no comparison.
"Revoked" did not come easy however, and it was indeed a long journey. Chapter 1 was written in 2012 and and my final draft was completed in March, 2017. There were many stops and starts, difficult moments, almost ready to quit moments, but I persevered. It was in early 2016 when I finally told myself that I could do this, and the last year of the process was the most enjoyable. There were moments when I wrote a passage or paragraph that I particularly enjoyed, when my writing made me smile or laugh, or cringe... I knew I was on the right track.
When I saw my book cover in the publication cue at Friesen Press it was a great moment. On December 28, 2017 "Revoked" was published and sent out into the world. To see my book on bookstore websites like Friesen Press, Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, not to mention it being available on Kindle, Kobo, Itunes, and many others was a very satisfying moment. To know I have achieved a lifetime goal was exhilarating.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has purchased or plans to purchase and read "Revoked". Future blogs will discuss themes of the book, the writing process, and the occasional journey into public and private issues. Stay tuned.