It's a Great Time for A New Adventure.
2018 is upon us! Another year with limitless possibility! I don't know about you, but I'm ready to let the adventure begin. With that in mind, I always try and take a moment to reflect from the year that has passed before a new one begins.
2017 was great in so many ways for me, not only did I achieve some major life goals, but I got to travel, to meet new people and learned so much about myself along the way.
My new adult debut novel, THE ENCHANTMENT OF EMMA FLETCHER was published in ebook by Simon and Schuster and I spent the year writing a YA novel contemporary novel called ALL THE BROKEN PIECES which I was certain would be the one to change my life.
And how it has! It was the strangest, most cathartic experience I've had so far as a writer, which is why I think it took so long to actually write. But through memories of the loss of my mom, and questions I myself was having about life, I continued to write and write and write.
I sent that book to my agent at the end of May and by mid-June we were out on submission. Three weeks later, on July 6th, I got a phone call 11 years in the making. Disney/Hyperion was our FIRST reply and it was an offer. A pre-emptive offer on the book to take it off the table. It was more than I could have dreamed of happening. I was to call John back in the morning and let him know.
I shook. I cried. I shook some more and I cried even more than that. It's the most incredible, surreal feeling in the world to have your life change with a single phone call. The next morning, I accepted the offer and I'm so glad I did. My editor at Disney called me the next day and it took me 30 seconds to discover she is fiercely passionate about my story. I knew in that moment, it didn't matter if there were ten offers waiting to come in or not, I made the right choice. If anyone could love Kyler and Lennon as much as I did, it was her.
I travelled. I spent a week poolside at my cousin's house in California. I attended Write or Die in Seattle and Wattcon in Toronto. I spent time with some of my very best friends on this planet. We laughed so hard that we cried. We got tattoos, we ate delicious food and drank wine. We talked about books and loves and everything in between.
So it's fair to say that 2017 treated me well. I hold on to the things I've learned as I move forward, let go of anything that was holding me back and power on full steam ahead and ready to take on my goals with determination, resolve and faith in myself.
I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store. I'm ready for whatever comes my way and I welcome it with open arms and an open mind.
All the best.