When I decided to write one of the stories bouncing in my head, it was for fun. No one was going to see it. After all, I used pretty much everyone I knew names. Even my own name. On the bright side, I did put an ex-boyfriend through hell. But in the end he got a happily ever after (so did I, but not with him.) I'm pretty sure if I read it now, I'd wonder what I was thinking. Next story was better, but I could not figure out how to end. Still can't. It did spawn another story that did get an ending.
Then I got the idea of Being Human. At the time I called it Remembrance. Not sure what I was thinking given the fact that Tommy doesn't remember his human life. I didn't start writing it knowing I wanted to publish it. The thought hit me one day. It felt like a story that others would enjoy too.
My next thought was, "Oh, crap, I'm gonna need help." I'd have to write a few drafts. Which is funny because in high school, my English teacher always said never turn in the first draft of something. Guess what I did every time? Turned in the first draft. I never rewrote ANYTHING. I don't think I even proofed. I got A's. Which made the D in college a really shocker. Anyways, I knew it was going to need to be edited. I knew that was going to be tough too. Being judged always made me nervous. Still does, but I knew it would be part of the process. My skin would need to thicken up. I don't know if it has. I still get super nervous when people have my WIPs to critique. But I did it. Being Human went through so many edits. The first draft was a whooping 150K. Final draft just over 70K. I know. I cut out a whole novel's worth.
Looking back, I've learned so much about writing and what I can accomplish. I've been paid to have the book translated into Turkish, been contacted by book bloggers in Romania, and people around the world have bought it (or won it.) My second book has been published and I have more on the way. It's been an amazing journey and thank you so much for being a part of it. (Psst, all the links are different places you can buy Being Human. It's $1.99!)