This might be top secret, but I’ve seen the first draft of my new book cover. I can’t even tell you how sweet and romantic it is. Totally adorable. This is the cover of book seven, which will be out in May. Or what I’m assuming will be May. As soon as I have a definite pub date, I’ll share it with you. Plus I’ll be sharing the title here soon. And of course the final cover the second I’m allowed!
Right now I’m going over the copyedits. I’ll hand them in next week. Then I’ll be starting my first draft of book eight. Every time I think about the new book I’m about to start writing, I get butterflies. It’s scary and exhilarating. Like falling in love. Good thing the story is already planned out. Knowing what I’m getting myself into reduces some of the fear factor. I’m always thinking two books ahead of the book I’m currently working on. Not sure why that is. But I’m very thankful things have been working that way. Especially when I think about what I did on this day five years ago.
Five years ago, I made the scariest change of my life. I did not show up at school to start another year of teaching. I did not continue to receive a steady pay check every two weeks, affordable health insurance, and an excellent retirement package. Instead, I became my own boss and started writing a new book. I had no idea if my books would keep selling well enough to pay my rent. I had no idea if I’d eventually be able to buy an apartment. (Note: There’s no way I would have been able to buy this apartment if I were still teaching. Not even close). Switching careers from high school science teacher to full-time author was super scary. It is scary to leave behind the familiar. It is scary to take a chance on the unknown. But we have to overcome fear to create our ideal life.
There will always be things to worry about. It seems like as soon as I solve one problem, another problem comes marching in, banging its loud problem parade drum. But I’m not afraid to live the life I’ve imagined. I am so, so happy that I followed my heart five years ago. I absolutely love my job. I can’t imagine being happier doing anything else.
Now it’s your turn. Take that chance you’ve been too afraid of. Create the life you want. You CAN turn your dreams into reality.
How will you begin?