Way back when I was an aspiring novelist, I dreamed of being published and of having a book on a shelf (yes, this was before eBooks and no, I'm not telling you how long ago ;). And that was the dream -a book on a shelf in a bookstore. My daydreams did not include readers, reviewers or awards - yes, I knew they existed, but the goal was that physical book.
Readers started emailing me. Yay! I loved and still love getting reader emails - yes, even the ones "yelling" at me for various nasty plot twists ;>
Here are some great Reader quotes:
Thank you so much for your writing, it pretty much makes my life :D Carly
My mother even threatened to take my book away if I didn't walk the dog- that is how addicting your books are! Jez
When I first picked it up at my local bookstore I thought it sounded kind of neat, but not the most exciting thing ever. I am more than happy to say how wrong I was about that opinion. Inside Out blew me away and completely exceeded my expectations. Seth
...so surprised by how much I fell in love with this world and Yelena and obviously Valek. I just wanted to say thank you for writing such an amazing story that I just can't seem to get enough of and they've all given me a good book hangover ;-) Amanda
A good book hangover - I like!
Then my books were picked as finalists in various awards from the Romance Writers of America to the Baltimore Science Fiction Society - from libraries to schools. So gratifying that not only did they enjoy my books, but they deemed them award worthy.
And amazingly some of my books WON! Talk about exciting! When I learned Poison Study won the Compton Crook Award, I screamed and ran around my house like a crazy lady. Never thought I was the type to do THAT!
Prior to that award, I never won anything or more importantly, been recognized for doing good :) I wasn't a stand out student or musician, actress or dancer. I wasn't a stand out worker when I worked as an environmental meteorologist.
I don't write books to win awards, to get reader emails, or for positive reviews - I write because it's fun and I've met a ton of great people and made new friends all over the world. I write because...well...because I can do it well and because I love it!
top picture: Touch of Power and the Golden Leaf award for best Paranormal.
bottom picture: Outside In and the Prism Award for best Young Adult novel.