I cannot even believe I get to share this excitement with you. I have been blown away time and again by the love and support I’ve found on this journey. And now, book three is available on all major ebook publishers and in print via Amazon.
Book three is We Grow Together. It’s hard to say one book is more special than another, because writing them all has been a dream come true, but this one does hold an extra special place in my heart. You see, Riley’s story started twelve years ago. That’s right, twelve. Let me tell you a little bit about it.
I knew I’d been called to write and I had this idea. I started working on it in the middle of a messy divorce (pretty sure all divorces are messy) and a huge life upheaval. I went to work for the first time since becoming a mom.
Needless to say, the hours I had to work on this novel were few and far between. I often got up at four or five in the morning (funny, it’s five in the morning as I write this) just to have time to write. My long time friend was up writing her book at the same time. I wasn’t alone on this journey, even in the beginning.
I drafted that first novel faster than I even knew was possible. I had this whole book in front of me, but it needed a lot of work. I let it rest for a bit. Now, I’m a pantser, maybe a little bit of a plantser now, but then I was definitely just a pantser. So the novel didn’t have all of the things it needed, and I didn’t like the way the hero swooped in. It didn’t fit what was in my heart, but I couldn’t put what was in my heart on the page.
I didn’t know how.
Over the next year I would chop that manuscript into pieces and attempt to reassemble them. I would ultimately get so frustrated that I would put the three binders of printed versions of the books under my desk, I would close the file, and I would try to forget I ever wrote it.
NaNoWriMo would come around in November and I’d either dabble at editing chapter one – never making it any further than that – or I would start a new book. I have eighteen started books on my computer right now from those years.
When I finally knew the story I needed to tell, I also knew I had to start over. This book doesn’t look much like the first book. Riley is still there, but her setting and background are different. Kyle is still there, but instead of being a villain until the end, his heart changes.
I feel a different sense of accomplishment after re-writing this story than I did for writing the two I published first. I feel like I finally obeyed the call of God on my life, and I feel like I’m finally headed in the right direction in this area of my life.
We Grow Together is definitely not the last book you’ll see from me. I am part of a couple of multi-author projects this year and next. I have a fourth Then Comes Hope novel that I’m working on, and I have a handful of other ideas I’m working through. So watch this space, or subscribe to my newsletter, and I’ll share all the bookish things as I go.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I appreciate you. If you feel led to do so, would you please share either this post or a link to We Grow Together with someone you know?
Until next time,
P.S. – Pantser is someone who writes by the seat of their pants, with no outline. A plantser is a combination between a pantser and a plotter.