I am really excited that my first book, Secrets in Mystic Woods was published last August. Many of you have already bought a copy through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. All the different ways my book can be purchased is available on my website http://LAKirchheimer.com
As you know Journey Through Darkness, is currently in the editing process. I’m working with an incredibly passionate editor and learning a new process along the way. With his prompt feedback I am excited and comfortable with Journey Through Darkness scheduled for release at the end of 2018.
The beginning stages of Guided by Moonlight, is underway. In between reviewing edits for the second book, I’ve been typing up sections of book three that I had already handwritten. There is one section that has only been outlined. I am debating if that section should be part of the third book, part of the fourth book, or its own small accompaniment to the series. Either way, the momentum I have from writing and publishing Secrets in Mystic Woods, is incredible. The second time around somehow seems to go much quicker and with newfound responsibilities. Before I was just writing, now I’m going to events, doing book signings, meeting with other inspirational authors, and I’m having a lot of fun! Yes, I’m still a busy person, I have a day job, and I’m a mom. Life can be very hectic and for all those reasons I could have given up on my dreams of becoming an author. I may not pop out a book every three months like some full-time authors I know, but I am writing. I’m enjoying it and I refuse to teach my daughter that moms should give up on their dreams just because they are moms. I am looking forward to working on a variety of pieces, but for right now, I’m focusing on the Charity Graves Series.
Amidst the hectic schedule I tend to keep, I had a moment to reflect on a variety of things. Secrets in Mystic Woods, took me at least four years to write. I had been working on a concept, changed names and a lot of the story since my first original draft. It took a lot for me to send my manuscript out, get rejected a few times, before I decided I was going to work with Page Publishing as my publisher.
It took years to get past my fears and self doubts to publish my first book even though I had been writing since I was 9. I still deal with anxiety about how my book will be received by the public, but I wasn’t writing for them when I was sitting alone with my thoughts and ideas, I was writing for me. One year, when I was tired of trying to please everyone around me and all the reasons why I shouldn’t publish my book flooded my brain, I began to question my doubts I had. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen? Who do I need permission from? When I decided this was not only something I wanted to do, but had to do, I just went for it. I set goals, I wrote as often as I could, I even made one of my New Years resolutions to get my manuscript done.
Since writing I’ve encountered many aspiring writers with great ideas for stories. Some of them work toward getting published, some don’t have the time to get their ideas on to paper. Either way, as long as you’re doing something you love, you’re making the world a better place.
I want to encourage anyone who has a dream to follow it and make the world a better place with your gifts. Don’t let the negative self talk make you afraid to shine. Have the courage to follow your dreams. Have a great week.