Thursday, July 16, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blog-athon Day 32 -- Slouch Thursday

I know.

I'm supposed to be talking about craft today but I'm pooped. Just spent the evening addressing envelopes to ship a load of my romance novels out for review.

Before that, I took a moment to check my P.O. box and I received a little surprise in the mail.

My Next Generation Indie Book Awards medal for A No Good Itch. I got to thinking about my writing career today, as short as it has been. I've got a long way to go but I've come a long way..

No, I'm not a NY Times Bestseller or an Oprah Book Club pick, as I told myself I would be after I finished my first novel.

No, I haven't sold millions of books, but all tolled I'm well into the 5-figures. Not as good as some, but better than many.

But! With no writing training, no MFA, or significant writing classes apart from a few college English classes, I have won book awards and accolades in THREE different genres (YA, Romance, Thrillers), for 6 of the 8 books I've written--one I never submitted for anything and one that is just getting published this month.

One of the reasons that I believe I've been able to achieve this much and progress in my dream (apart from some level of God-given talent) is that I read tons of books on craft, my brain is still a sponge, and I write and read--A LOT. As an analyst by trade, I also can look at books critically and for entertainment.

Most of all--I really LOVE writing. Love it. There's nothing else in the world I'd rather do. What a blessing, even after 40, to find (apart from my son) that "one thing" (those of you who have seen City Slickers will get that reference).

Enough of my shameless self promotion.

I'll be back tomorrow with the Fiction Friday featuring mystery, thriller, and suspense author Austin Camacho!

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