Monday, 6 August 2012

A Dream Come True.

Writing is something that has always been a part of my life. When I was young I’d write stories about anything I thought was interesting. As I got older the act of writing became so much more than jotting down stories about my neighbour’s quirky cat. It was a way for me to express what I felt passionate about and wanted others to know. Writing fiction is no different, at least for me it isn’t. When I sit down and begin a story, I need to have passion in order for the words to flow. I need to connect with my readers and this is the way I do that.

When I began thinking of ideas for CHASING CLOVERS, I knew I wanted to write a novel that would touch my reader’s lives. This was a long thoughtful and time consuming process. I wrote character biographies that were so in depth I wondered if I’d ever actually write the book. However, this process was essential to me and my writing. I needed to know my characters well enough to write about their trials and tribulations—to be able to feel empathy for them. After I finished the biographies I needed to do research, this was the fun part. I loved learning about Mail Order Brides, and how people lived in the 1800’s.

I wrote a chapter outline, and I didn’t follow it. Once I was half way through the book, the characters went in their own direction and my chapter outline went out the window. Scenes changed and the story evolved from a small portion of my brain to consume me, keeping me up nights. I grew to love my characters and I strived to help them with their plight.

After I had the rough draft of CHASING CLOVERS completed, I hired an editor. Together we worked on making the book what it is today. A few months after the final draft, I prepared my query letter, and synopsis. I had done a bit of research on publishers during the editing process, and since I knew my target audience was women I looked for that genre. After antagonizing over whom to send out to, I decided on a handful of publishers. The manuscript was bound by elastic bands and slipped into a brown envelope. The Postal worker, a polite gal, had to pry the manuscript from my white fingers, as I tried to hold it for a little bit longer. She reassured me it would be in good hands, and I left feeling as if a part of me was gone.

Soon rejections arrived in my mailbox, along with discouragement and wondering if this is what I should be doing as a career. With the help and encouragement of my family and friends, I kept sending out my manuscript. It wasn’t until six months later, and more rejections, that I was offered a contract from Imajin Books, June 1, 2011. I cannot express how happy I was when I’d read their letter.

Since I’ve signed on with Imajin Books, I’ve not only been welcomed into a great group of authors, but aided by their publishing team about marketing my book and getting my name out there. CHASING CLOVERS has been #2 on Amazon's Bestsellers List for Western Romance, and on several other Amazon Lists in the UK and Germany! I couldn’t have asked for anything better, and the whole rejection process was all worth it!