“This is my first day in Santa’s Workshop.”*We’ve all experienced the excitement and fear that accompany the first time doing something: First day at work, first time riding a bike, first date and the biggest of all… our first day of school.
For me there were many firsts this last year. First time publishing and selling a book. First contract with a publisher (for my second book, coming out in March 2013). First year as a Genre-ista. Each of these first were filled with the tension of the unknown.In January Romancing the Genres will be spotlighting such debut authors as Bethany Cunningham/Annabeth Albert, Regan Walker, Melanie Robertson-King, Tam Linsey, Kylie Scott and our own Genre-ista, Robin Weaver. I am sure every one of these authors could talk for days about the many emotions that accompany debuting a novel.
And, if you think about it, this is the reason we want tension in our writing; because tension is not only about fear or stress or anxiety, but also about happiness and hope and joy. As with everything in life, we have to experience the dark to find real honesty in the light.These holidays, more than any other I have experienced, have reinforced this concept. While we are filled with sadness and grief at the tragedies of the last couple of weeks, we also experience the great joy of hope and the happiness and fun of the season.
So to all of you and yours…. We wish you a holiday filled with much laughter and love and a 2013 of many wonderful firsts.
*p.s. My daughter who read what I had written said. “It can’t be an overhear if you didn’t actually hear it, Mom.” So by way of disclosure, this was my first and only fictionalized overhear to date…. But I figured you all probably knew that :>)