My mother had me back in the day when hospital recovery rooms were shared, and the woman who joined her after she’d had her own babies (twins I grew up with) became her best friend for life.
That’s how I feel about Peg Brantley. Writing is nearly as intense a process as childbirth, and Peg and I began writing mysteries and talking about publication roughly in conjunction with each other. We turned to each other for hope, support, and in moments for me at least of dread disappointment, and as such, we’ll be bonded forever.
If I wasn’t the first to order Peg’s book–you’ll find out who that was in her Moment–I must’ve been close, and I can promise that it is much more than your usual twisty, turny read. The Kindle version is Free, just for today, so please discover this author if you have not. I think you will feel bonded to her as well.
A Few Feel Good Moments
Like many of you, when Jenny asked me to share my “Made It Moment” I thought she’d made a mistake and hit the wrong email address. Then after cleaning up the coffee that had spewed from my mouth and onto my desk, I considered that actually I’ve had a lot of moments that made me feel good. And maybe that’s what “making it” is all about.
Here are a few feel good moments:
- Listening to my husband read my eBook. He occasionally used his ear buds for text-to-speech and when he didn’t, I could hear him click to turn the page. I had never even considered that could be any kind of a moment let alone a joyful one until it happened.
- My first actual sale. I’m pretty sure it was to Timothy Hallinan who is a writer I admire. Tim told me he’d always wanted to be someone’s “first.”
- My first review. From someone I didn’t know. Wow. The idea of a total stranger reading my words and then commenting on their experience was surreal. A little like a stalker but in a good way.
- The first time my book was checked out of Amazon’s Lending Library. As a kid, libraries were wonderful worlds to me, and having Red Tide checked out of the library made me want to cry.
- The proof for the trade paperback. More than anything else, holding my book in my hands made me feel like a real author.
I’m sure there’ll be more. I hope there’ll be more. My first royalty deposit will happen at the end of June. I’m betting that will be a highlight. I haven’t received any “fan” mail, that’ll be fabulous (in a good stalker kind of way).
One thing I’d love? To either attend in person (or via Skype) a book club discussion of Red Tide. That could possibly be the moment when I will feel as if I’ve actually “made it.”
A Colorado native, Peg Brantley is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime. She and her husband make their home southeast of Denver, sharing it with the occasional pair of mallard ducks and their babies, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes and deer named Cedric. Red Tide is Peg’s first novel. Her second will be released in late 2012.