There have been many ups and downs in my road to publishing, but now that my young adult fantasy, The Wild Wood, is in the world, I have had the opportunity to experience the very best thing about publishing: when people who don’t know you love your story. My characters and story have compelled friends, acquaintances, and even strangers to reach out to share how they loved their time in The Wild Wood. That is the best moment a writer can ever dream of—I mean, sure, many people are motivated by fame, fortune, a guest spot on Oprah, but for me the idea that Cecily and the sevens matter in the minds of people beyond me is truly incredible. And my readers have universally (so far) said that the book was hard to put down once they started it and that they are seriously needing November to get here quickly so that they can find out what happens next for my characters.
This week, smiles have taken over my face and held on tightly. For all the bumpy waters I have felt over the past few years, I am smooth sailing right now (and deep in the sequel, The Downs). I now see that when our dreams prove elusive, we must seize and make them our own, creating our success and accepting that our path might look nothing like what we had imagined. By tearing up all the imaginary roads we thought we'd walk and forging our own path weaving in and out of parts unknown, we make our dreams come true. And they are more stunning for the growth that took place to get us there.
I hope you will check out The Wild Wood and be part of this amazing journey I am on. The Wild Wood is available in print and ebook. I wish happiness to all my writing fellow travelers. We’ll get there, by hook or by crook.
Quote for the Day from Henry David Thoreau
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”"A suspenseful story about friends, family and sacrifice... The town of Dunlowe, shivering under Pastor Rowe's rule, is sufficiently enigmatic—not to mention terrifying—to create suspense and deliver thrills." Kirkus Reviews
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