So, I did it. After months of mental debating, I bit the bullet and created a brand new blog, strictly dedicated to my life as a writer. For those of you who don’t know, I am a professional photographer, I can’t lie, it’s a pretty amazing job. But, writing is something I have always loved and being a published author is a dream I simply cannot stop chasing.
The idea for Reckless happened while driving along McKenzie Hwy, on my way to a photo shoot. I was listening to music and my mind was sifting through various thoughts and ideas, which is a pretty normal things for me to do. Get lost in my own head, that is. Anyway, I won’t get into all the nitty-gritty details about Reckless, as I am not ready to divulge all avenues of the story quite yet, but I am excited to report that I am only 6 chapters away from completing my manuscripts. It’s surreal. And an absolute dream come true to be at this point. I can’t even imagine how I will feel once it’s completed! Oy!
The process of writing Reckless has been a bit timely. There were a few logistical things to work through in the beginning, especially since it was originally going to be written by both myself and one of my best friends, Marissa. Sadly, due to life, work and time, it just didn’t work out for us to write Reckless together. So, we both decided it would be best for me to write it solo. This was about a year ago. Which feels like yesterday, no joke.
As you can see, I’ve taken my sweet time penning this crazy little novel. It wasn’t intentional, it just sort of just happened this way. While I wish I had some awesome excuse to play off, in all reality, the creative process of putting Hailey & Jonah’s world on paper has been quite complex. Because of this, it simply wan’t something that I could rush through. But, if anything, I’m really happy that it has taken me over a year to get here because I’ve had so much time to get to know my characters and familiarize myself with their world. Taking my time to tell their story makes me feel like I am doing it justice- and I love that.
With all that said, I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to aim for a finish date: May 19, 2014. My 33rd Birthday. Because, if there is one birthday wish I’ve carried for 28 years- it is to be a published author. So, the completion of Reckless will be my gift to myself. :) When I made that goal, I still had 10 chapters to write and I wasn’t entirely sure I’d be able to pull it off. But here we are, 5 weeks away and I only have 6 chapters to go! It doesn’t seem so impossible after all. And I am so excited to announce that Reckless will officially be available in Summer 2014! (A release date will be announced soon!)
I am an incredibly lucky girl to have such an amazing support system cheering me on as I draft every single page of Reckless. It blows my mind. This has been a dream of mine since I was just a little girl and my incredible hubby knows just how important it is to me to at least give this author gig an honest go. His love, encouraging words and constant support has been my biggest inspiration to see it through. To all of you who have supported me on this journey, I can’t thank you enough and I hope that when all is said and done, you love Hailey & Jonah’s story as much as I do!
Be on the lookout for more blog posts this week and a sneak peek at one of the chapters! XO!!