Happy Saturday! Well, I was supposed to have this post up last month, but I had a brainfart and it didn’t happen. So I’m bringing extra showy tell today! LOL.
As a writer I (along with all of us, I guess) get asked about my inspiration. Well, rather than answer that question, I’m going to show y’all – meet Ba’al.
This is the guy mentioned in my author blurb as it appears at the end of IRONHAVEN. Isn’t he yummy? And yes, he is as much trouble as he looks (worse, actually, but I digress)
Incidentally, he – or rather the actor that played him – is responsible for my being published. No, really! See, what happened was that back in February I listened to an interview with the very lovely Cliff Simon and during said interview, he came out with something rather profound:
“Without someone watching us, we’re not actors.”
What I realised was that the same thing applied to my writing – that while it sat on my hard drive, it wasn’t being read. As a writer I wanted people to read my words, to share in the worlds I created, to have my story live in their imaginations.
So I determined that 2011 would be The Year I Got Published and I started to look for submission calls. The one that caught my attention was for an Apocalyptic Romance anthology – that closed at the end of the month. I knew I had a backburner WIP that could be reimagined, so I wrote a synopsis and began to write. It was insane, but I am crazy at times, and somehow I wrote, edited and submitted that story on time.
To have it rejected.
That happens, and I’m strange enough that rejections don’t bother me. I think it was just eight hours later that I resubbed the story to Decadent Publishing. Just over a week later, I had an acceptance sitting in my inbox.
It made me do this face:
(Yes, that’s a weak excuse for more Ba’al. Bite me.)
Where was I? Oh yes – publication. It’s only six months since I heard that interview and got the kick on the rear needed to get my stuff Out There. Part of it is down to luck. Part is down to the fabulous people that supported me.
But a little part is down to a very good looking South African with a sexy accent and the most devilish grin on God’s Earth. My story is now getting into people’s heads. It’s living.
And that makes me very happy indeed.