Patience, they say, is a virtue.
I had gone through a period of creative uncertainty. Less than writer’s block but more than just writing bad stuff. I wasn’t writing anything. Then I came across NaNoWriMo and gave it a try. This was 2007. That initial effort, “Swansong”, was a hard-boiled neo-noir published by AWOC Publishing in 2012. (It is now out of print.)
I attended the KWA conference, then a couple of their meetings, and wound up as president from 2012-2013. I put together the last conference they had (thus far).
I pitched my historical crime fiction novel, Ark City Confidential to The Wild rose Press in 2016; it was published in 2017. The second book in the series, Secrets of the Righteous was released in 2018. The third book will be out this fall.
All I have done along the way, those 12 years, is continue to write and develop my craft; meet new people, writers of all ages and experience and genres; listened intently and spoke when asked; and encouraged others who heartily embrace this discipline.
New York Times bestseller list? Movie deal? Contract with one of the big publishing houses? Maybe. Perhaps. For now I’ am going to continue to be…virtuous!