So, I have a confession to make. I’m totally freaking out…
As a debut novelist, there is a lot riding on the release of my romance novel, UNEXPECTED, on December 12, 2016. My gorgeous cover reveal is coming up on October 16, 2016. Add to that the incredible news that my second novel, LOVE SONG, will be released through my publisher in April, 2017, and my mind is reeling!
I am blown away by the support of my friends and family with what is happening in my life as an artist. To promote my debut release, I have put together my own cabaret show full of love songs and giveaways. My music charts have been completed, my handsome jazz trio has been hired and my local theater has graciously welcomed me into their space. I will be performing my one-woman show at my book release party on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Stage Door Players in Dunwoody, GA.
Some would say I’m on a roll – I’m just trying not to jump off the ledge.
The creative process is pure BEAUTY. I thrive on it and dream about it. I pinch myself daily looking forward to something that is getting close to becoming a reality in my life. I am working on yet another book and hope to have this one finished by the New Year. I’m running on all cylinders right now…
But this process also involves something not so beautiful. There is a BEAST lurking in the shadows. The beast goes by many names; self-doubt, anxiety, insecurity…fear.
Screenwriter, Richard Rhodes wrote:
“Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me?”
I read another quote on Facebook the other day that really resonated with me:
“That voice in your head that says you can’t do it is a LIAR.”
I’ve got to stop and smell the roses…
I am a human being with unique stories to tell through the written word and through song. I do have a right to speak and sing and hopefully, be heard. My stories and my voice may not be your cup of tea, but that’s okay. Wouldn’t life be boring if we were all trying to say and sing the same thing?
I’m knocking the beast off my shoulder once and for all so I can enjoy the beauty of what is happening all around me. I am grateful for all of you who have joined me on this journey – for the out pouring of ‘congratulations’ and ‘atta-girls’ that you have thrown my way. They always seem to come at the perfect time.
So now, let’s inhale together…