I can’t believe it’s been 10 years today since I published my very first book: Conviction.
Just this week, I published #77: Forevermore, bringing me back full circle to Sam and Logan.
What makes it even sweeter, the readers are the ones who voted for more of them. Really, they did. I never imagined Sam and Logan would lead me here, of all places, to this point in my life when I’m living my dream day in and day out.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. It hasn’t always been easy. I mean, that’s 120 months of restless nights, tossing, turning, pacing the floor when a story is forming or not working the way I thought it would. During some of those 520 weeks, I even had to suffer through working with my husband as well as all three of my kids. Okay, I joke. That last part was one of the best parts. 🙂
Don’t forget the 77 very notable instances where I stressed over a book release but celebrated it all the same.
I’ve also had an excuse to talk to myself for ten years, too. I do that a lot, btw. Although, in my defense, I’m usually having an argument with a character. And yes, it’s as awkward as it sounds.
I’ve learned a lot in the past decade. About writing, about publishing, and most importantly, about trusting people. I’ve been naive in some of my decisions, and they’ve bitten me in the ass. If I have any advice for future authors, it’s to do your due diligence before jumping at an opportunity. Don’t take people at face value, especially not if they’re looking to make money off of you.
At the same time, don’t paint everyone with the same brush. There are some truly incredible people in this industry, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with many.
Do I have regrets? On a few things, definitely. I try not to dwell on them, choosing to look forward instead.
Even with a few regrets, I consider myself truly blessed. I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many people, all of them readers and book lovers, who’ve enriched my life in ways I never expected. I’ve made some incredible friends across the world, ones I never would’ve met if it weren’t for this journey. So thank you for that.
It’s been a decade filled with ups and downs, new experiences, and memories I’ll keep with me forever. I’m hoping for ten more years and ten years after that, and … well, you get the picture. I’m not sure it’s in the cards for me, but I will continue to put my whole heart into it for as long as you will allow me to.
Regardless of what the future brings, just know that I’m both humbled and grateful for all that I have. Beyond grateful, in fact.
Doesn’t seem like 10 years, or 77 books, but I have enjoyed each and every release. You’ve helped me thru some really tough times and never even knew it. I can lose myself in one of your books and the real world just fades away. Sometimes I really need that. So thank you for so many amazing hours of escape. You keep writing and I’ll keep reading. Love to you and your family.
Thank you, Shirley, for being so loyal. 😉 Every book release, I look forward to your emails. I love hearing what you think of the book. 🙂
Congratulations Nicole!!!!! I have read every one of your books, you are my favorite author of all time.❤️❤️❤️
I’m humbled by that, Janet. Truly. It means more than you know that I’m anyone’s all-time favorite. Thank you. 🙂