It’s always a huge joy to complete one of my books. My next Kennedy Stern novel, Infected, is due out in about a month Lord-willing.
I try to do my best to show how grateful I am to the people who make my novels possible, but I never feel like I can really express deeply enough how my books are truly a team effort.
The friends in my prayer team are my behind-the-scenes comrades in arms. This small group of intercessors receive regular emails (about one or two a week) and pray for the spiritual impact of my books. I know that without them, even if I were able to manage to write a novel, it would be void of any spiritual impact.
My husband is such a huge support to me. I’m actually fairly timid by nature, so presenting myself to the world and opening myself up to criticism and scrutiny from the public eye was a terrifying prospect. Fear of failure kept me paralyzed for years before I was able to pursue writing as a full-time calling and career. It was my husband who was (and continues to be) a huge encouragement and emotional support.
When I started writing, I had no idea how much busywork would be involved. Not only are these tasks dull, they also involve a lot of mouse work which can tend to upset my carpal tunnel. Thankfully, my 11-year-old son is great with computers. He’s helped me out with book formatting, design work, uploading ebooks, and a whole lot of other behind-the-scenes tasks. I love the fact that he’s able to do handle this sort of work, and I also love the fact that he’s happy to get paid in video-game time, which is definitely easier on my budget.
I’m a very relationship problem solver, and I often rely on friends who put up with acting as sounding boards when I’m buried in a plot hole. I’ve got a few virtual buddies who do this as well as some “real life” friends who field very strange, random phone calls when I get myself stuck.
Speaking of friends (virtual and not), I’m so thankful for the editors and beta readers who save me so much embarrassment. I am definitely NOT a self-editor, and most of my books get read by at least four different proof readers before they make it “to market.”
And while we’re on the subject of markets, I know that nobody has anything that they haven’t received from the Lord, and he’s the one who’s really made my dreams come true to become a writer. I know I don’t do it nearly enough, but I do try to remember to take the time to thank him for allowing me to write novels.
What about you? What’s something you’re thankful for today? Leave a comment below. You might also want to check out this week’s episode of the Prevailing Prayer Podcast where we’re talking all about thanksgiving and gratitude.