I am thrilled to have C. Lee McKenzie here on the blog with her top ten list. I read THE PRINCESS OF LAS PULGAS a while back (see my review here), and I placed it in my classroom library. Since then, I've seen students gravitate toward this book, and they've told me that they really enjoy it. In it, they have found a book that represents them. I'm really happy to see a book that reflects diversity in several different ways.
1. Being an author is about the most challenging job I've ever had, and I've had several that offered Mt. Everest-steep climbs.
2. This learning-to-write curve never stops. You learn to write, then you learn to write better. Just when you think you've nailed it, you find out there's a whole other level of good writing you need to master.
3. There's never enough time to write when you actually do want to have a personal life. I already say no to a lot of invitations from friends, then I have to explain it's not about them, it's about wanting to finish or rewrite a scene. Some get it. Some don't.
4. I have more work on promoting than I'd ever expected, so there's another learning curve. I'm not a business person and I've had to learn about the social media and some of the techi stuff.
5. I have fun every time I really get into a book. It's great to discover a new character and a new plot that works.
6. Reading is as much a part of what I do as an author as writing is. That's really nice because I sit and read and tell my family I'm researching. :-)
7. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, I can instantly go inside my head to a story I'm working on and lay out a scene or stash details about a conversation or physical characteristics I want to use later. This has caused a few "interesting" events in stores or at dinners with friends.
8. I get to write the stories I want to read. If I don't like that character, I get rid of him. If I love the other character, he wins the lottery. How much fun is that?
9. My first hug from a reader was a real high. She loved Sliding on the Edge and couldn't wait to read The Princess of Las Pulgas, so I guess getting hugs is one of the top ten things about being an author.
10. The connections I've made to other authors has been fabulous. They're usually supportive and help in so many ways to make being an author possible and enjoyable.
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