On Friday, folks on my mailing list got to be among the first to see the cover for my new book, Finding Heaven. They also got the story behind the cover.
If you missed it, you can read about it here:
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As support for readers of this book who may be struggling with their own wounds, I also created a resource list of books and websites I found most helpful when I was trying to understand childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. If this is something that interests you, check it out here:
And now, if you're like "I don't want to read anything else, just show me the cover already!", here it is:
I am thrilled to report that I am nearing the end of the first draft for this book. Then the real work will begin!
If this is the first time you've heard about this book, check out the book page here:
Lately, I've been getting that too-familiar "overwhelmed" feeling. Looking back over the first six months of this year, I am coming to a difficult conclusion: I still can't do it all. So it's time to reset some priorities.
I think all great stories probably begin with a question that the author has to answer for themselves. Thus it was that, in 2012 while I was learning how to create a career as a writer, I also got the seed idea that eventually bloomed into Finding Heaven.
Wow, so much has happened last week/will be happening this week that I'm going to be posting a couple times this week. For today, because it's Monday, because it's been a while, and because I'm much better at posting these moments on Instagram and Facebook than keeping my blog updated, here's a 7 Things summary of what's been going on.
What happened when my book was captured by pirates. Turns out, it's a lot more fun when it's in fiction than when it happens to your fiction...
This week, I have been resetting physically and mentally, including my current writing project. Plus, a quick knitting update.
Announcing the cover for my new book, Finding Heaven. (In case you missed the newsletter announcement.) Plus CSA and other resources.
A dream you don't put efforts toward is a wish. Are you working toward your dream today?
Translating imaginary people into the real world can require quite a bit of research. My hope is that while I entertain, my story makes a difference. My current novel is set in San Francisco, Edmonton, and Mumbai. Here's a sneak preview...
As a reader, I always thought that the ending was the goal. And it is. But it never occurred to me that it was the well-written middle that actually got me there as inevitably as a cart on a roller coaster track.
If only life had someone writing me out of my "swampy middles."
I am a strong believer in being the best person you can be. Not in some humanist, "you-aren't-living-unless-you-achieve-your-full-potential" way. But in an "I'm-grateful-for-the-person-I-am" way.
Are you grateful for the talents you have?