Well, here I am, on the verge of actually having an original fiction novel published for sale. This has been a dream of mine, on and off, for a great many years. There were a lot of times when I wondered if it would ever happen. When I became deeply immersed in the world of fan fiction, writing original fiction didn’t just get shoved onto the back burner, it was completely off the stove and tucked in a corner of the refrigerator. Once in a while, I’d think about it, but I was just too interested in writing my fanfics to think about it for very long. That changed somewhat when I got the idea for my time travel novel, but even it got shelved for long periods of time in favor of fan fiction.
So what changed this? As strange as it may sound, the turning point was me buying a Kindle and finding all the free and low priced Kindle books available. I became a voracious reader, many of the stories written by unknown and little known authors. It didn’t take long before I got to thinking that, if they could do it, why couldn’t I? It would be a way for me to publish original fiction without the time, expense, and risk of multiple rejections that comes with publishing through a traditional book publisher.
That little spark of an idea very quickly became a full-blown fire. My fan fiction muse was quite rudely shoved aside by my original fiction muse, who had been starving for more than a few crumbs of attention. You should have seen her, bearing a striking resemblance to a desperate woman making a dive for the thrown bouquet at a wedding. Well, she caught the “bouquet” big time. First, I returned my attention to my poor languishing time travel novel. Then other plot bunnies started springing up.
The result is that I presently have one novel close to being ready for publication, a second novel that has a completed first draft and will likely be ready for publication before the year is out, and a novella that’s waiting in the wings. In addition, ideas on sequels for the two novels are bouncing around in my mind.
Yesterday, for the first time, I told a stranger that I was a writer. I’ve mentioned to people about my fan fiction writing, but this was different. I wasn’t talking about fan fiction. I look forward to the day I can tell people I’m a published author. And when I make my first sale, I’ll be doing a wild happy dance.
I can hardly wait for that day to come.