Since this week is Thanksgiving, the authors of Romance Writers Weekly are sharing what we are thankful for this year. Ahead of me on the tour is Raine Balkera and I hope you’ve visited her post.
I’m most thankful for my family, our health, gainful employment and a roof over our heads. As well as living in a free country and eternally indebted to those who serve and protect us.
With regard to my author life, this year brought new and exciting events for which I am thankful and wowed. In January, the Romance Writers Weekly blog group formed. Usually, I’m a watch and see kinda girl, but I dove in the first week with the rest of the initial members and have been amazed how much I’ve learned from blogging with them and from being a part of such an awesome group.
In May, Lyrical/Kensington offered me a contract for my contemporary romance novel, Hot as Blazes. This has also been an amazing experience with all those at Lyrical Kensington and my awesome editor/psychologist, Penny Barber. She’s probably happy she’s almost done with me 😉
Usually we have Thanksgiving with my husband’s family, but this year his father’s health issues prevent a gathering. I’m no chef, but I do make a mean lasagne which will be our entree this year. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now it’s time to pass this Thanksgiving-a-thon over to Kim Handysides.
My mother’s excellent culinary skills were renowned in our small community where I grew up. She never won a contest for her pumpkin pie or had a recipe published, but she must have enjoyed her craft accepting the many praises as her icing on the cake. While most of us seek some type of commendation for our endeavors, writers face a difficult road to acclaim, sometimes from family, friends and even other writers.
While at work this week, various conversations revolved around recipes which of course included pumpkin pie. The comments made me consider how differently people review food compared to books. Pumpkin pie is fairly simple to make, and those who like it are usually satisfied with the standard version. Heck, some would just as soon pick one up from the grocery store rather than bake one.
In contrast, I am amazed by the diverse reactions and reviews to one book. Readers’ palates are far more difficult to appease. The mix of emotions provoked by a piece of literature far exceeds laying a fork down when disappointed over a piece of soggy pumpkin pie.
Even in the face of such odds I will continue to write. Bleed my passion into words for me and the kindred souls who connect with my fictional world. That said, I’m thankful for my many blessings and off to the Outer Banks for dinner this afternoon. And though I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie, I won’t be slamming the cook on social media or giving a one star review. I’ll just select another dessert more to my taste.