I seriously have the best job in the world.
Today, my 8th novel was officially released to the world—my 8th novel in 2.5 years time. Now, when I initially dove head first (and blindingly, too, I might add) into my lifelong dream of becoming an author those 2.5 years ago, I would never had imagined I’d be writing the words “my 8th novel”. It’s still incredibly surreal.
The first year and a half was crazy! I managed to somehow release seven books in that short amount of time, all in different genres, 300+ pages a piece, all while trying to stay afloat in the massive sea of publishing, marketing, and retaining my sanity. A huge fan base from all over the world and from all different walks of life built its way up around me and I honestly still have to pinch myself every morning when I put my fingertips to the keyboard of my laptop.
And you guys–I seriously have the coolest, best army of readers out there. Not only did these readers give my writings a chance before I was known at all, but they begin to grow in the beginning by good ol’ fashioned word of mouth. They stuck with me through all kinds of fiction–YA, fantasy, contemporary, you name it. These readers grew into the unbelievable and incredibly humbling fan base they are today, excited and ready to ride on the next reading adventure I have in store for them.
My 8th novel–“Iniquity”–is the first book I have released in 2014. This is a huge change from what my readers are used to, yet the excitement from them is steadfast and somewhat contagious! It makes me ridiculously happy every time I have another chance to give them a story, and what’s even more amazing is that the awesome support and enthusiasm within my fan base makes it possible for me to take genre risks. In the book industry, it’s very difficult–and a huge gamble–to cross over genres. This has always been shocking to me because life in itself is not one genre, so lumping in all the stories I could tell into one category seems really impossible! My newest novel is the first I’ve released in the horror genre, and even with warnings to my readers that this is yet again something completely different from any book I’ve written before, it has been embraced.
So, I have the best job in the world. And it is because of all the fans, readers…all the wonderful bookworms out there who ride the imagination train with me in every crazy direction it’s gone in over the past 2.5 years. Thank you to all my readers: you allow me to live my dream, keep me humble, and constantly teach me new wonders about the magical craft of storytelling.
I am excited to bring you my first novel of the 2014 year. Here’s to many more.