6 months ago today, I published Sweet Addiction.
I never imagined I could do this. When I finished writing it one year ago, I didn’t think much of it. It sat on my computer for weeks, and I kept opening up the document and reading parts of it. I enjoyed the story, but I never thought anyone else would. Never. I didn’t even know you could self publish on Amazon and the other platforms. I had no idea about any of that, but I had this story that made me laugh, and I kept wondering if it would make someone else laugh.
I took a long shot, and emailed one of my favorite Indie Authors, R.J. Lewis, hoping to ask her some questions about the process. I didn’t think I would hear back from her. I figured she was busy writing something amazing. Actually, I was HOPING she was writing Remy’s story, because I’M DYING FOR IT. <3
She emailed me back, and I nearly fell over. That alone was unbelievable. The fact that she wrote me several paragraphs was even more unbelievable. I fangirled BIG TIME. I had mentioned to her in my email that I wrote a story, but I wasn’t sure about it. I said my humor was somewhat in-your-face, and I really didn’t think anyone else would be into that. I had asked her if she wanted to read it, expecting her to tell me she was really busy, which I would have understood. I NEVER expected her to want to read it, but she told me to send it over, and again, I fangirled.
R.J. mothereffin Lewis is going to read my stuff? Are you kidding me?!?!
I was insanely nervous. She was the first person to read Sweet Addiction, which was untitled at the time. I had never written a novel before. This was it, and if she told me it really needed work, or that she wasn’t able to connect with the characters, I would’ve probably agreed, because what the hell did I know? A couple days went by, and she emailed me, saying how much she was enjoying it. I think I re-read that email twenty times before I wrote back. She finished it in a little over a week, and her email after that changed everything.
8 people took a chance on me, and purchased Sweet Addiction the first three days it was live. I cried, big time. I was so grateful for those 8 people. I wanted to find them and hug them. A few blogs posted my purchase link, and even had an interest in reading it. I cried some more.
There was a lot of crying going on.
I cried when I read my first review, I cried when I was sent a message from a reader, saying how much she loved JoJo, I cried when Belle Aurora shared my book with her readers…WHATTT?!?!! Yeah, cried. I couldn’t believe people were actually enjoying my writing style, and my group of characters.
I batted around the idea of continuing Dylan & Reese’s story. I wanted more of them, so I wrote a few chapters, but then, something happened. Or someone happened, I should say.
Benjamin Kelly happened.
Where I Belong took over my head. I put Sweet Possession on hold, and dove straight into this story I couldn’t seem to shake. By the time I published Where I Belong, Sweet Addiction had reached more readers than I ever thought possible. I was still excited about that first 8. When anyone takes a chance on my writing, it floors me. Even if they don’t like the story, I’m still grateful for the time they gave my book. Every single reader matters to me.
I published Where I Belong, and something amazing happened. No, I don’t even think amazing covers it. I’m still in shock about this. I’ll probably always be in shock about this.
I hit the lists, and I cried.
I never thought any of this was possible. I was just a girl who sat in front of her laptop after her kids went to bed, and wrote about a bakery shop owner, a gay assistant, a kick-ass best friend, and a few hot accountants. I never expected anyone to like my writing, and I definitely never expected anyone to want to read anything else from me.
You didn’t have to take a chance on my book, but you did, and that means more to me than anything else.
You’ve changed my life.
You are my first 8.