When I started working on this website, I asked a friend for advice on content. "Write about how you got started," she said. "People always want to know." I hope she's right because here it is.
My journey to publishing was one of those amazing but true stories. I never thought about writing a novel until June 2009 because I honestly didn't think that I could write one. Daughters Who Walk This Path evolved from a short poem I wrote for myself at that difficult time. That first manuscript took about a year to write. In 2010, it went on to land me an awesome top-notch New York agent and in 2011, a contract from my superb publisher, Penguin Canada.
I know my path to publishing has been miraculous to say the least. Yet, as I now dream of writing many other books, I remind myself everyday to see this journey as a marathon and not a sprint. There's still so much to learn.
So while you're waiting for 'The Call' that will catapult you into writing success, continue to work on your craft. Be the very best that you can. These hard times demands near perfection of writers. Still, write your truth. It'll make you stand tall and stand out.
Also, live your life to the fullest. Those experiences will give you lots of material for your books. Never stop believing in yourself. Most nights, it's you and that blank page. Don't let it win. For hard days, surround yourself with people who'll cheer you on. Positive energy fosters creativity.
When you do receive 'The Call', enjoy the moment for as long you need to. Then start the process all over again. Please, do come back and share your good news. Happiness is contagious and I'll help you shout it out. All the best!