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Life gets in the way all the time, doesn't it?
Back in 2018, I started to focus on fulfilling my lifelong dream of being an author. I was juggling a million things. With people pulling me in all kinds of directions, I still managed to squeeze some time in my life for writing.
I wrote my first book, FLIRT while traveling, taking care of family, including several furbabies. But while I enjoyed seeing my very first novel appear on Amazon, I couldn't find time with my daily obligations, to write a follow-up second book. UGH. Every month, I made a new promise to myself that I would get out another book and every month, I would make excuses why I couldn't get it done.
2019 was no different. While I was able to publish my second book RED, HOT SUMMER, I still couldn't get excited about it because, once again, I squeezed in a bit of time to write it, without spending a dime on professional editing.
The book's cover was nice, as I paid money for a pre-made one, but the effort that went into writing the book was forced and rushed. I didn't “fall in love” with my characters, I wasn't invested in their world or their lives and it showed in the story. If I couldn't love my characters, how could I expect my readers to?
2020 is right around the corner, and suddenly the ticking clock made me mad. Something stirred in me and forced me to sit down with my family and have a heart-to-heart conversation about what it's going to take for me to have the writing career that I've always wanted. So, that's what I did. I explained to my husband that while I love my family dearly, I won't be any good to any of them if I'm not able to do the very thing that I've always wanted since I was a child. Sitting at the table with my family and listening to each of them tell me how much they love me and want to support my dreams was overwhelming. Of course, there were tears, but mostly laughter at how silly I had been for not talking to them about this earlier.
Life is short. Each of us has to spend time nurturing that inner voice that asks, “What do you want?”
What I want is to write, and often. So with that, I'm making a promise to you as well as to myself that 2020 is going to be an incredible year. You can expect to read several stories that have been living in my head for quite a while. While I've been stockpiling my sexy, hot characters away deep in my brain, you can imagine how many intriguing plots are dying to get to out! I can't wait to share all of this with you. I hope to hear from my readers as we travel this journey together. You have to tell me what you like and don't like about these books. Get ready to get involved. I'm not traveling this road without you.
After all, what's the point of life if we can't share what's in our hearts?