Why hello friends! Welcome to my author blog. Whether you were with me on my old blog or are brand new, I'm so glad you stopped by.
For those of you who followed along with my old blog From the Heart Living, thank you for being patient and sticking it out with me while I, for lack of a better term, did some soul searching. Newbies, let me give you a little background...
I'm an aspiring fiction author. I love to write heartwarming and inspirational stories with a little romance mixed within the pages. I wrote my first novel a couple years ago and have been on the crazy journey to publishing ever since. A little over a year ago, through research and the advice of published authors, I came to the realization that I needed to build a social media following of some sort to catch the eye of agents and publishers.
It wasn't bad advice, but I got lost trying to implement it. You see, I started reading other blogs (lifestyle, food, mom--you name it) and following popular Instagram accounts. I decided the answer was to be just like them. So I created what I thought would be this totally awesome heartfelt blog that catered to the wants and desires of every living person. I didn't just start an author blog. I started a lifestyle blog...and a food blog....and then after having a baby it morphed into a mom blog too.
But success and this grand following didn't come. Sure, some people liked my blog and followed along. Some of you are those very people. And I cannot thank you enough for supporting me. I don't deserve it. My first blog wasn't even me. I wrote what I thought people wanted to hear instead of what God wanted me to share. My focus turned away from my novel and my other books and turned toward impressing the world and looking the part of success and happiness.
It was a lie. I'm thankful to God above for opening my eyes to what I was becoming before I fell in too deep.
The real me hates being in front of a camera posing for a picture. The real me doesn't like to create recipes for the world to see. The real me doesn't like splashing my family's life across the internet just for likes and follows. I'd rather you meet me in person for walk around the park or a trail ride on horseback. I'd rather you come to my house where I cook yummy food for you and then we watch a movie, play a game, or simply chat. I'd rather have a personal relationship than an online persona.
So I found myself again. Yay!
But then what do I do about my blog? What about connecting with future readers? How do I build my following so agents will want my book without becoming consumed with getting follows and likes?
The questions haunted me and stressed me out. I deleted my blog, hid from my Facebook and Instagram, and gave up. I took the easy way out.
But quitting wasn't the answer, either.
God gave me the ability to write for a reason. He put the story within the pages of my novel for a purpose. He gave me the desire to connect with people in order to spread this story.
During my "soul searching", I've tried to figure out a way to connect with you all on a personal level, without making myself look like the picture perfect woman with the best life ever. Because I'm not and I don't have a life any better or more extraordinary than yours.
The answer I've come up with? Well, I'm still figuring it out. I don't know if there's really a cut and dry answer. But I do believe I've found a better track...
I've started this new blog. It has two parts: my personal blog and my characters' blog. Yes, the characters in my book have a blog. I'll post updates of my life and my publishing journey here on my personal blog. Under CHARACTER STORIES there will be journal entries from my characters, scenes from their lives leading up to the time frame of my novel, and more.
It's not your typical blog. I don't know that it's your typical author website either. But it's me. It's the characters' lives. It's real and personal and I hope it's encouraging and entertaining for you.
I want this to be a place where you can get drawn into the lives of the characters I have grown to love and adore. But I also want this to be a place where you can connect with me and we can get to know each other. Think of this as my kitchen table. Since I can't invite you all over in person, we can have a virtual kitchen full of great conversation and heartwarming stories. Leave comments, say hello. Sign up for my newsletter and email list (once I get that running). And if you sit down at your laptop with a cup of coffee or a Coke, well then friend, we can drink together too, because I'm always sipping on something while I write.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you come again soon! Without reader friends, my writing is nothing. Without you, my characters' stories will never be heard. A writer is nothing without friends. But honestly, who doesn't need a friend in this world?