This all started with one case, one secret, one dog, one soul...
June 3rd, 2017 was an emotional day for me. A year ago that day, I self-published my first book. Stepping head-first into this world of the unknown was terrifying and at times, intimidating. However, I was fortunate enough to come across some amazing people at the beginning of my journey which I consider being my angels—Mina, Claire, Sloane, and Celia. They were the sails on my ship guiding me through the dangerous waters we know as the book community, where if not careful, you could easily be eaten alive. Thanks for generously sharing your knowledge and advice needed to survive this business. It’s an honor to be a part of such a supportive community of authors, readers, and bloggers.
If someone would have told me I’d be here writing books, getting nominated for awards, own a publishing company, I would have laughed in their face and said, “that’s impossible." But here I am, six books later doing what I thought was impossible. At times, I doubted myself, wanted to give up. But, I had a solid support system of individuals behind me to steer me back on track. My husband, my family, my friends ( Ana, Tameka, Janet, Deb, Alisha, Jennie, Yadira, Sherry & Rebbecca) other authors ( Leaonna, Lizzie, Ardent Rose, Lindsey Johnston, MK Meredith, Cindi Madsen, Tasha & Julian) just to name a few. If I were to list everyone, I’d be here for days.
Becoming a writer was the best decision I ever made, It forced me to grow as a person—renewed the confidence in myself I thought I had lost; pulled me from the darkness that had strung so tight to my soul. I no longer doubt myself. I know I can do this. Let me tell you, self-publishing is the hardest route but it’s the most rewarding, so if you manage to pull that off successfully, you can do anything. The impossible is possible, so don’t ever be afraid to chase your dreams. It can happen. The only person stopping you from accomplishing your dreams is you. Yes, there will be doubters beside yourself telling you, you can't or talking shit behind your back, but at the end of the day, what they say doesn’t matter.
So, to the doubters or the people who thought my writing was a complete joke, well, I’m doing it, and I will continue to write captivating stories, pushing the boundaries until I have no words left. * waves middle finger in the air*
So, here’s to making 2017 my bitch because I ain’t done yet!
Thanks for toughing it out with me!
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