Release Day is a Real Thing?

Sixteen months ago, the world was shutting down, and I started writing Thirteen Scars. At the time, I didn't expect much. It was a lifelong dream, and I just wanted to see if I could do it. I never imagined it would become an actual book. I didn't believe I had any real talent, just a love for words and a love of reading. My goal was one hundred thousand words. I'm not sure why but likely because I tend to be little symmetrical in all areas of my life and wanted to have the word count line up with the percentage of the book completed. I'm a little strange like that, but we all have our quirks, right?

As I started writing, the words just flowed through my brain, and the characters started developing and changing and growing. The story took turns I wasn't expecting, as did my life in general. You've probably been told at least once in your life to expect the unexpected. That phrase became daily routine for me, but all the while, I kept on writing. Within a few months, I had a manuscript and no idea what to do with it. I won't bore you with the details of all that occurred from the point of a finished manuscript until now, but let me just say it was the most challenging time of my life, personally and professionally.

Though it may sound hard to believe, release day always felt like some distant far off thing that might not even be real. Authors wrote books, not me. I'm just a normal everyday mom, nothing special. I'm not an author.

I worked hard to learn everything I could about building a website, designing ads, making a trailer, and publishing/marketing. Still, release day was more of a concept than a reality. People would ask me if I was excited, and I would reply in the affirmative even while still fearing it would never happen and simultaneously fearing it would.

Last night as my daughter and I were talking, I realized that release day was today. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed with feelings. thinking about all the people who could have my book in their hands today and be reading words that I wrote was completely surreal. Imagining the libraries I frequented as a kid—and with my own kids—having a copy of my book on their shelves next to real authors was the most amazing thought.

Today, as I type these thoughts, I am humbled by so many of you who have told me you purchased Thirteen Scars. Some of you will never read it because it isn't your preference, but you bought it just to support me. That's amazing. Others of you may actually be reading Thirteen Scars now or waiting for your print copy to arrive. I truly can't believe this day is here.

I've been so surprised by the outpouring of positive encouragement, and I just want to say how thankful I am and how blessed I feel as a result. I hope you love Thirteen Scars, and I hope you'll consider leaving a review and letting me know what you think. Stay tuned for book signings and other events coming soon. Happy Release Day!

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