|Posted by Jennifer Slater on September 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM|
As kids, we all dream about doing something grand with our lives. We imitate our favorite heroes and heroines and fantasize about growing up to become musicians, movie stars and famous athletes. We are encouraged to study hard so that we can become doctors, lawyers and such. Little do we know then, how hard it is to realize our dreams or to hold on to them. We become adults and reality slaps us in the face. We find jobs or careers and try to make the best of our lives. Some people drift from company to company, hoping to find that elusive "perfect job" while others accept mediocrity and settle into stable positions that brings them little, if any fulfillment. A select few, the lucky ones, manage to find that "thing they love to do" and spend their lives doing what makes them happy.
I'm fortunate to have finally found the courage to do something that I've always dreamed of doing ... becoming an author. When I started my first book, I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to write about. Once I began writing, however, it was as if the flood gates were opened in my brain and the ideas flowed so freely that I found myself writing every chance that I got. I have a full time job, so this was no easy task, but sacrifing a few hours of sleep to finish a chapter or two was a must for me. I finished my first book, started my second and quickly found out that writing had become my passion.
I'm still virtually unknown as an author, but that does not deter me. I'm not so narcissistic that I believe myself to be the next JK Rowling or Maeve Binchy (my personal favorite), but I do believe in my talent and I know that, given time and more practice, I can hone my skill and become someone whose work is worth reading by the masses. My books are more than just romance novels, they are stories of courage, friendship and overcoming adversity. I don't believe in writing formulaic stories just to sell books, but rather I write from my heart and hope that my readers come away from my books feeling uplifted.
They say, "If you build it, they will come" - that is not necessarily true for authors. Readers don't flock to you just because you wrote a book. They can't become fans of your work, if they've never heard of you or of your books, but in a vast literary ocean teeming with hundreds of titles, the chances of a new, self-published author being discovered is pretty slim. Still, I will persevere and I will hold on to my dreams of building a fan base, one reader at a time ... for a life without hopes and dreams is a life only half lived.