Thanks so much to Michele for the invite to guest blog – I’m honored because wow, the amount of talent in that header is pretty amazing. I’m in great company.
Well, let’s see, tomorrow’s Thanksgiving for me – and it’s book release week for me as well – my debut single title (and the first in a back to back trilogy) Hard to Hold released on Tuesday and I’m pretty much bouncing off the walls about it. (You can read an excerpt and more here on my site.) So the whole, giving thanks is pretty fitting. And it got me thinking about the past eight years that I’ve been writing and how far I’ve come…and who’s helped me along that journey.
I remember Nora Roberts once said that she has the same friends now as when she started out writing – and I’m pretty happy to report I’m going in that same direction. Of course, I’ve met some amazing new authors, but nothing beats those authors you came up the ranks with, the ones you helped pick up when they admitted rejection and the ones you cheered on when they got their call.
The person in my life – writing or otherwise - who I could not live without (and I tell her this all the time, except I typically say, you can never leave me) is author Larissa Ione.
We met online long before either of us were published. And then we ended up getting published within 3 days of one another. And then we sold a series that we co-write about three weeks later (Sydney Croft.)
She is my go-to person about everything. We’re been through hurricane stuff, kid stuff, writing meltdowns and everything in between, so she’s more than a writing friend – simply put, she’s one of my best friends.
And when my life went haywire this month (right in time for, oh, I have a book to promote too?) she stepped in and went to town talking up my book. She’s nervous and exited as if this is her own book, and in so many ways, it is, because I never would’ve come this far without her.
She’s an awesome writer and an awesome friend. I know she helps a lot of authors out there, aspiring or otherwise and I know she deserves every bit of success she’s gotten – and will get in the future.
So, whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow or not, who is the person in your life you’d like to thank and why?
I’m giving away a set of Larissa’s 1st 3 Demonica books to one very lucky reader who comments!