There are many dangerous professions in the world. But did you know that one of the most perilous occupations is that of the author?
Carpal tunnel, arthritis, bulging discs and my most recent injury––a torn meniscus from pulling a suitcase full of books out of my car. Not to mention the most dreaded medical condition of all––writer’s butt!
In my effort to ensure that everyone in the Sacramento/El Dorado County area has heard about my Laurel McKay mystery series, I’ve spoken at or attended over 350 events in the past six years, including some really fun launch parties!
These appearances have been the high point of my new career. And my life. I love meeting readers and aspiring writers, as well as other authors. Sharing stories about plotting, our characters and the fun research we get to do, is a real kick.
Although occasionally I get overly zealous about acquiring new fans!
Those readers who take the time to contact an author are truly a high point. It’s not always easy to create another world, and those emails and comments keep us motivated. Although I’ve received some incredibly generous emails, I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.
Really, truly, and absolutely love your books about the apple farm and the families. They are almost as nutty as my family. Most comforting.
You made the main character so real and likable. The way you write made me feel like I was in the story and I want her as my friend!
Hope you’re having as much fun writing the books as I did reading them!! Look forward to more Laurel escapades!!!
I never want your books to end.
And the most touching of all––
This has been a rough year for me since my husband died. I can laugh and appreciate all of Laurel’s dilemmas. My daughter gave me a gift card for Christmas and I bought Dying for a Date. Now I am hooked. It gave me some laughs over a sad Christmas. My dogs and I had our dinner. Then I settled down with the e-book. Things looked a lot brighter.
Talk about motivating. That comment brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes!
Whether you are an author or a reader, I’d love to hear from you. What keeps you motivated to pursue your dreams? If you leave a comment by midnight December 16th, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 Amazon gift card. We can all use that!
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I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season.
And the winner of the $20 Amazon gift card is Sandy Todd. Congratulations, Sandy. Enjoy!