I may not have reached that point yet.
But I wanted to begin keeping a public record on my journey to publication. I say "journey" because I expect it to happen at some point, hopefully sooner than later, but I certainly haven't arrived yet.
I began writing full length fiction about ten years ago in the genre of women's suspense. The stories were good but not great and I eventually came to a point where I wasn't sure if I wanted to be writing at all anymore. I realized that genre was no longer a match for me.
A couple of years ago, my husband was gone on nearly a two-week business trip. With more than enough quiet evenings to myself, I accepted a challenge to write the 7th Harry Potter book for fanfic. The idea excited me. I loved seeing if I could take the marvelous world of J.K. Rowling and wrap up all her loose ends on my own.
The fanfic was a great success. There were wonderful reader comments and pleadings to post more chapters soon. As neat as that was, even bigger was how much fun I had. I realized that my heart was really in YA fantasy. It captures my imagination and love of an adventurous read in a way nothing else does.
So here I am with two of three books written in a trilogy that I love. The first book, "Apprentice to a Madman" is being submitted. I'll blog about that story very soon.
And I'll continue blogging. Because at least for me, I want to look back on this post one day and trace the journey.