There's a silly game called "I never..." It's a fun way of asking: "did you ever...?"
I got a publishing contract!!
...and I never would have believed it had anyone predicted it.
Not when I was a struggling first grader taking reading classes, and summer school.
Not on lazy Sunday afternoons when I was the only family member not happily lost in a book.
Not when I was an eighth grader sitting at the table in tears over my first major writing assignment.
Not when I was in speed reading class, fighting to keep up.
Not when I'd never read a book for pleasure until I was fourteen and discovered Janette Oke.
Nope. I would never have believed it.
Most authors will tell you they've dreamed of publishing their entire lives.
Instead, I've been pleasantly surprised by this dream. Writing has always calmed my mind, and clarified my thoughts. But this dream of publishing a work of fiction...well, I just never would have believed it.
When the email came up on my phone feed, it was the morning after my son's wedding this summer. Still reeling and glowing from the surreal celebration, we'd driven to the Bed & Breakfast in my home town for family reunion.
I paced among the backyard flower gardens taking in the moment, relieved that I could soak in the news in peace. As a full-time Family Nurse Practitioner, I'd hoped the email moment wouldn't come while I was at work during an inopportune moment for celebration.
But it happened with my family, in that garden. And I squealed!!!!
My family blank-stared me...What??
Keeping them sworn to secrecy, I told them I'd just been offered a publishing contract opportunity for a Gilded Age novella! (THANK YOU for the opportunity, Gabrielle!!)
I've been keeping this news quiet, but no more! News is out!!
And the best part? My story will be set in the Lake Michigan community where my grandfather worked for years as a carpenter. How sweet to be with all my grandfather's family when the news came! (and not at work cleaning a wound, swabbing for strep throat, or discussing life's serious stuff--I couldn't have squealed!). If it weren't for my Grandpa John and Grandma Emma, none of these dear family would have been present to share in my moment of celebration:
I don't plan to quit my day job!! But after office hours, my imagination will be swirling in the world of Michigan's Bay View Chautauqua, where a prestigious literary circle draws the library assistant and the founder's nephew across the social lines of 1895.
Getting the email was great, but receiving the contract in the mail on my birthday the day I arrived home from Ireland, was SWEETER!!!!
Thank you readers,
Ted, Emily & Ben, Mom & Dad, teachers Mrs. Andrews & Ms. Erma Yoder, agent, and friends,
for all your encouragement and interest.
Thank you, Father, for words--for the Word.
If you've ever had a dream
or even if you've never dreamed a dream:
you just never sometimes hardly ever know....
...how the story will be written.
(Stay tuned this week on the blog for more fun announcements!!)
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.