So I realized yesterday in and among the nine thousand things I had to do (and had all my kids home, one with puking, gah!) that my “anniversary” passed in May and I didn’t write about it.

By anniversary I mean the date my very first book came out – May 11, 2005 – Triad from Ellora’s Cave.

Three years has brought me a lot of wonderful writerly moments I have to say. In that time I’ve contracted thirty novels and novellas. I’ve written for multiple publishers and have developed some wonderful working relationships with my editors. I’ve met a lot of fabulous authors and readers. I’ve signed on with an agent, been rejected a lot and have sold to New York (including my dream house, Berkley!) I’ve had lovely reviews that have made me cry, I’ve had (less thankfully) some not so lovely reviews too.

Every day when I turn on my computer, at some point I’m struck with just how very blessed I am to be living this dream. I get to write books! There are times when I read back over something and I’m so proud of it, other times when I read over those early books and I think, “ouch, look at those comma splices!”

Above all, I continue to be amazed by the support I get from my readers, who are so wonderful and have so much to say about romance and reading and are just totally class acts. I don’t believe there is an author reader divide. I think there are those authors and readers who get into it but overwhelmingly, the romance community both readers and authors, are healthy and supportive and appreciate each other. Thank you for that – thank you for being there with me each step, for supporting me and reading my books, thank you for the advice and the cheers and just for being there!

I hope to be here in another three years and three years after that and then again after that. I’m in this for the long haul!

5 comments to “Thankful”

  1. Karen Erickson
    June 19th, 2008 at 11:17 am · Link

    Happy belated anniversary! It is pretty great to be able to write for a living huh? I wouldn’t trade this for the world…

  2. N.J. Walters
    June 19th, 2008 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Happy Anniversary and I wish you many more successful ones. Lots more books to come yet. 🙂

  3. Collette
    June 22nd, 2008 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Happy Belated Anniversary! It’s very exciting. Congratulations–you’ve had such great success.

  4. Lauren
    June 22nd, 2008 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Collette! I was just thinking about you last night. How are you?

  5. Lauren
    June 22nd, 2008 at 6:12 pm · Link

    NJ and karen – thanks!!