Interviews and Bookmarks! The Grand, New Adventure

TTBbookmarksTime is closing in on my debut novel’s release day!! I can’t believe it’s only a little over a month away!

This week I had two FIRSTS to lead up to next month’s release.

My very first radio interview as an author!!

AND

The arrival of my bookmarks.

Now I have to say, Dianne Barker with Spirit FM was so sweet and eased my nervousness with her kindness. Interestingly enough, about five years ago, Dianne and I had enjoyed lunch together in Johnson CIty, TN and discussed the aspect of trying to get published. For her, it was an attempt to reenter the publishing world. For me, it was a dream of finally getting published.

Funny how we had the opportunity to reconnect after all those years for this interview. I’m in constant awe of God’s weaving past moments and present ones together in surprising ways.

Then THE BOOKMARKS CAME!!!

Since my personal writing funds are in short supply at present, I had to design my own bookmarks, which is a daunting task. When they arrived on Tuesday, I was so tickled with the outcome – and they provided the first ‘tangible’ momentum of the publishing journey!

So…the countdown has begun for the release of The Thorn Bearer!

As a writer, what are some things you’ve done to prepare for a book release?

As a reader, what sorts of things have you seen authors do for their book releases that you enjoyed?

Celebrating a Dream Come True

10703511_10152380630076453_1262269125577226364_nMy good friend and fellow author, Ashley Clark, had a fantastic post on The Writers Alley yesterday. It caused me to ponder this whole transition from one side of ‘published’ to the other.

A few weeks ago, Ashley was kind enough to remind me of something.

I’d lost sight of celebrating.

That may seem really strange for someone who has waited over ten years to get “The Call”. I should have been swinging from rafters, blowing up balloons, dancing the Snoopy Dance that Beth Vogt is often sharing, and reveling in the reality that this writing dream of mine was finally coming true.

But I didn’t take the time to do it.

10410810_687711704630281_2999907603008707572_nTruth is – my life didn’t change all that much from before and after. I was still busy. I still had deadlines (just different kinds), and I still had to fit writing into the regular everydayness of being a wife, mother, and speech-language pathologist. There didn’t seem to be TIME to celebrate!!

There were three new deadlines to meet, so I just scheduled them into my life as a usual course and didn’t STOP to celebrate.

What was I thinking?

I wasn’t. I was resorting to my usual survival skills without celebrating something BIG God just did in my life!

So it took a friend to hit me upside the head with an encouraging word to help me realize what had happened.

mama'ssigningI’ve had a dream come true. A lifelong dream. A dream God started cultivating in me when I was a little girl. To be a writer. To see one of my stories in print. To have the opportunity to share the beauty of God’s love through the avenue of storytelling.

That’s worth celebrating.

And God didn’t just answer my dream with one book. Within three months I had three contracts. WOW!

So today … I’m celebrating a dream come true.

My husband’s taking me to dinner tonight so we can celebrate too.

Nothing changed on the outside really. I’m still busy. I still have deadlines (just different kinds). I still have to fit writing into the regular everyday things, but … my perspective has changed. I’ve stopped to be thankful for this long-awaited moment instead of pushing it behind all the things I ‘have to do next’ in my day.

Today, as I sit here with my stuffy nose, I’m celebrating all the wonderful family and friends who’ve dreamed this dream with me. I’m celebrating hard work and diligence. But mostly, I’m celebrating God’s timing. His perfect timing in making this dream come true.

Thank you all so much for your encouragement, support, guidance, and laughter along the way. I’ll still need it, as I hope I can also give back to you!

mama's crazy bookCome celebrate with me.

I’m not new to deadlines – as a speech-language pathologist and university instructor, I’ve had deadlines on a smaller scale for a long time.