Anyone who has some artistic drive, whether it’s painting, singing, acting or writing, has those qualities we hold up as our role models – even if we have never or will never meet them – and do our best to emulate their success. I strive to be the next Nora Roberts or Stephanie Meyer or even Dean Coontz, yet it is a journey that I started later in life. Although not as late as Anna Mary Robertson Moses (a.k.a. Grandma Moses) who started her painting career at 76, I am nonetheless definitely a late bloomer.
This all being said, I received my first royalty check the other day. I was ecstatic! I did a little jig of joy! I rushed out and spent it all for a coffee and pastry at my local Starbucks.
Yes, that’s correct. It was a trivial amount but that was never the goal. Yes, I want to do well enough to make a nice living from my books. Who wouldn’t? It was never about the money, not really. It was always about putting these stories that knock about in my head – demanding to get out – onto paper.
Some people will love them, others not. That’s fine.
For me, it is the process of putting the story down, bringing characters to life, telling their story that is for me the joy. Having someone say, “I read your book and OMG! It is GREAT!” is Wunderbar! Even hearing someone, like my friend J.H. who read my book because she is a friend, letting me know “it really wasn’t my cup of tea…” with a smile and a hug, was maybe not Wunderbar but it was still great!
So I will keep writing and publishing. Hopefully you will keep reading. Together, we will get there!
Thank you for your time and as always “Keep Reading!”