So, what does a debut author do all day? Sit around and create one fabulous story after the other with no sweat or writer’s block involved? Not likely. If you know of an author like that, I’d like to meet her.
No, the debut author’s life is frenetic, puzzling, and at times, full of surprises. But on a daily basis, it’s a ton of BIC (bottom in chair) perseverance. Which is why the “p” word is my choice for 2019. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Why do authors write? Well, like my author soulmate Charlotte, her quote above tells all. We just can’t help it. Communication is our super power. We have great stories to tell with enough Dickensian characters to make you laugh, cry, or wish they were your best friend.
Which is why I want to make connections on my journey with any authors, organizations and social media groups that have the same passions, so we can mutually encourage one another.
Speaking of best friends, reviews are just that: an author’s best friend. I am so thankful for Amanda Geaney’s stellar review of my debut book, The Heart Changer — the first of many. You can read it here: Christian Shelf-esteem. Isn’t that a fabulous title for a blog? For more insights on the importance of a review, read my post: Book Reviews: An Author’s Best Friend.
I’m grateful for the many bloggers who are open to guest posts, which is important when you are a debut author. It’s your time to become known to the public, and what better way than via a blogpost? Here are two of my latest . . .
This is a guest post I did for a history-based blog: History Thru the Ages. It includes a giveaway, so click to make a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of my book! But not until you finish this post, okay?
if you want to know some fun facts about me, try this guest post: Talk Show Thursdays.
Since The Heart Changer touches the current topic of captives, refugees and slavery, particularly among Syrian women (although my main character is an Israelite captive) I’ve decided to make connections with people and organizations which help female Syrian refugees. One of those organizations is World Relief. My plan is to give 10% of my first month’s royalties (and pre-orders) to help Syrian refugees. I also have missionary friends who help refugees in our area, and am considering a visit with them as they minister to this needy group of women.
I am also reading We are Displaced (above) by Malala, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who became a champion of women’s education in the Middle East after being driven from her home in Pakistan. She has gathered stories of young girls who have been displaced, but have risen up to be educated and realize their dreams. Reading their stories gives you a full picture of what these young women have faced.
Yes, books can be life-changing or inspiring — or maybe just an escape from the daily grind. They can bring joy and happiness in a troubled world. Which is why I write. I trust The Heart Changer will make a difference in my reader’s lives. That is my goal — and passion.
That is why I can’t wait for my debut book’s release! And why I am so thankful to find a place in my community (and across from our beloved local library, to host my book signing. If you live in the Chicago area, I’d love to have you come. I will personally autograph your book, and have a few freebies available. And a drawing every half hour! TeaLulas has been a part of our lives for a few years, so I’m happy to ‘give back’ by hosting my event there on Sunday, April 28th from 2pm to 4pm. For more information on the tea shop, click here.
Now, what connections would you like to make with an author? What questions would you like to ask? Let me know below, in the comments!
3/21/2019 10:31:41 am
Vickie! I cannot wait for your Tea Lula Event. I plan on being there. So excited for your first (though DEFINITELY not the last) book. I know how long and hard you have worked. Praying that all the fruits of your labor are sweet. K.
3/21/2019 02:10:33 pm
I’m honored you will be there, Kelly. . . pass the word! And yes, I have a few more stories bumping around in my little grey cells — and one already written!☺️
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My MG Biblical fiction "The Heart Changer" debuted in 2019 with Ambassador International.