A sold-out first print run and discovering that The Blood She Betrayed has been shortlisted in the top ten books in the Australian Romance Readers Awards (spec fic category) … What a terrific start to 2014!
Those who subscribe to my website know my blogs have been scrappy during the past few months while I was on my physical author tour. If you haven’t been following me on Facebook, I will post more photos from the tour in the coming weeks but I wanted to start 2014 with the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop, thanks to fellow fantasy author TF Walsh.
2013 was the year of my debut novel so almost every week was a celebration for me as I experienced many new “firsts” for my novel – first edits, first draft cover, first book launch, first radio interview, first fan mail. Many of these moments may have seemed small but, for me, they were BIG moments of delight.
Now, as I batten down the hatches for another chaos-filled literary year – my second as a published author – I am comforted by the many things I am grateful for:
- A fabulous clan of loving and supportive friends and family (including one slightly crumpled husband and one slightly jealous cat) who have always celebrated my achievements with me, but also been there to lend me a shoulder to cry on during the tough times
- An imagination that helps colour my days and create vivid plots and characters – I’m working on The Ghost She Killed (Heart Hunters Book II) this week
- A debut novel that has gained fabulous reviews, sold out on its first print run (the warehouse is empty) and attracted a surprise shortlisting in a national reading award – and was also nominated for the Aurealis
- Peers and mentors whom I greatly respect who generously give of their time so that I may grow. Thank you. Always.
- The magic of seeing youngsters and newbies toss off their training wheels and set sail on their own glorious adventures of a lifetime.
- An amazing world of beauty, entertainment and creativity that I can enjoy when I am tired or sad – or just to celebrate living
- A room to call my own – my combined bedroom/office – where I can write wonderful stories at my desk without the disruptions of living out of suitcases and laptop bags, as was the status during my author tour. I am back home and I am happy. #Bliss
This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to post every Friday about something you’re grateful for that week. It can be about writing or family or school or general life.