Last January, I had a mid-life awakening. I was turning 40 that year and decided it was time for me to stop making excuses and finally make one of my dreams come true -- to become a published author.
I already had a few thousands words of a novel saved on my laptop that I'd been playing around with for a couple of months. Although it's now hovering at around 70,000, my story is still not finished.
But a new chapter is definitely beginning.
This week I signed a contract with Decadent Publishing to publish my first book! It's a novella for the 1Night Stand series and is scheduled for release sometime in the fall.
The official offer came via e-mail through my iPhone as I was headed home after a barbecue for my daughter's fifth birthday. Good thing I wasn't driving because I immediately screamed and burst into tears. My poor husband nearly veered off the road, but his fear quickly turned to joy as soon as he could make out the gist of what had happened despite my blubbering nonsense.
Even after a few days, the shock and awe of it all still hits me. As I fill out questionnaires about cover artwork, answer e-mails about scheduling guest blog posts and send back paperwork to my editor, I pause and ask myself: How the heck did I get here?
The simple answer is: Lots of patience/dedication, numerous late nights and tons of support.
My husband and my children are my biggest cheerleaders and I thank them for putting up with a lot while I either write or continuously check Twitter and Facebook for new connections and followers. The rest of my family has always encouraged me to pursue this dream of mine -- one I've had since I was the seventh grade. And my friends always want to read what I'm writing. Never once did anyone say it was too late for me to change my life.
I also have to give a shoutout to my writer-friend Louisa Bacio. That day back in January, when I decided to get serious about being an author, I sent her a message on FB and asked her how she had done it. Ever since she has patiently answered my questions, provided me with feedback on my writing and given me the inspiration to keep going. In fact, it was her suggestion that I write a story for Decadent in the first place. And that was just a few months ago.
Finally, I want to thank Valerie Mann at Decadent for taking a chance on this unagented, unpublished chica. I look forward to working with her and the rest of the team on this book and, hopefully, many more after.
After much soul and Internet searching, I decided to use a pen name for this book which can be categorized as an erotic romance. My alter ego is the sassy and spicy Sabrina Sol. She'll basically takeover this blog, my existing author Facebook page and Twitter account. She's also getting her own Web site which I'm working on now. It's live but definitely a work-in-progress. If you want to take a peek, you can find the link on the menu bar above.
I'm also interested in writing contemporary romance or Chica Lit. If I ever get to publish in those categories, I'll probably use my real name. Don't worry, I'll keep you posted so you can keep track of my double life. (Seriously? Is this REALLY happening?)
Also, a great BIG thanks to everyone who has been following my journey. I hope you stay for the rest of the ride. I have lots of stories still in my head, some of them are a little naughty and some I'll actually let my mother and 14-year-old daughter read.
As for that one manuscript -- the one that started it all -- I'm going to keep plugging away.
Turns out, that's how you make things happen.