My daughter fell sick while I was two hours away from her at work. I had to cancel my LIVE Facebook launch reader/author chat because, well, I was in the car driving home to get her and that's just not safe. (Be proud). Then I tried another reader/author chat in the evening and was almost choked to death by Peter Pan who escaped the watchful eye of his surrogate church-gramma and came to repeatedly tackle me during the LIVE video. There was more stuff, but all that to say ... one thing is abundantly clear and I must make this important point to readers everywhere ...
AUTHORS ARE JUST LIKE YOU!
LOL I used to think authors lived fairy-dust sprinkled lives. Worked in creme colored window seats in the morning, with flannel jammies on, a bouquet of roses off to the side, and a little Mozart playing softly in the background. Now, I know better.
Many of the books we love to read are written around and through chaos.
But that sort of mimics the stories we read, don't they? Because, in the end, of almost every story, our heroines or heroes end up surrounded by people who support them. A team. A group of comrades. A saving grace in their life. A hero. A heroine. A best friend. A church family.
A group of readers.
One of my reader/writer friends told me last night after I moaned about my LIVE video flop: "It's who you are, though. That's what makes you real."
You know what? YOU ALL make me real. These novellas that I write have bits and pieces of all of you inside of my story. I think of you while I write i
t. I wonder if Caryl will like my sassy heroine, if Gail will notice the coffee reference, if Teresa will like what I did with Ounce the Mouse, if Bonnie will chuckle, if Linsey will find inspiration to keep writing too, if Nancy will freak out when she sees her name in the acknowledgments, and so on ...
You all make writing my joy.
Awhile back, my husband asked me why I want to be published. Cause in his logic, which was very correct, I can still write novels. What makes having it published so different? A cover? Prestige? Money (LOL!)? I honestly couldn't answer. I told him I'd have to think about it. Months later, I still didn't have an answer, until this week.
I want to be published for the very reason why I love this blog, I love being on Facebook, I love having email. Relationships with all of you! My life is so much richer as we unite on the common bond of stories. My office is filled with little mementos of your encouragement and faithful following--long before you ever had a book of mine to hold in your hands! THAT MEANS!
It's NOT ABOUT THE BOOK! It's about us. A community of readers and writers. Friends.
Why do I want to be published? Because it opens up a door I can walk through to a world of friends.
That is why.
So let's celebrate!!! I'm giving away a copy HERE of the novella collection and tonight at 8PM CST we have an ONLINE FACEBOOK PARTY you won't want to miss! We're giving away a Kindle Fire and this beautiful California mountain gold necklace (well, not real gold, we're not rich, but we try!). Most of the authors of the collection will be there to answer questions and offer other giveaways too! YOU MUST COME!
But to enter today's giveaway here at the blog, I only ask one thing. Please enter your email address to join my email newsletter. I mail out craziness about every quarter, offer some giveaways to readers-only of the newsletter, interesting tidbits about history, books on my shelf I'm reading, coffee insights :) :) and more ...
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And thank you all, for being my friends, my people, my tribe.
Professional coffee drinker Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.
Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com.