Friday, July 11, 2014

When did you know you were real?

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When I published my first book, I wondered what it would take for me to feel like I was a real author. I went through the motions of writing, editing, and cover selection, but I still didn’t feel like I was a real author. I have invited my friend Stacy to share her story about the first time she saw someone she didn’t know reading her book and how that helped her to embrace the title of author. 

Christine – Thank you so much for allowing me to visit with your readers!  This is a very exciting time for me with two new books released in the last few weeks. While publishing a new book is exciting, there is one thing that is more exciting about being and author than anything. It’s being asked for your signature.

I remember the very first book I published. A woman that I knew from work said she wanted a copy. I brought one to her. When I handed it to her, she peeked in the front and then asked me, “Can you sign it for me?”

My jaw kind of dropped a little bit and I was like, who me? I’m nobody.  Sure not someone that you would want an autograph from, but feeling a bit in awe of being asked, I said sure. I took the book back, flipped open the page and wrote a little something on the inside. When I handed it back to her, she actually cradled it against her chest and had this huge grin on her face. I was awestruck that put my name inside a cover of a book could mean so much to another person.
Over the years, I have come to realize that to some people that means so very much. Not just a collector’s piece, but a connection to the person that wrote the story from their heart. Each and every time someone asks for a signature, I am filled with awe that having my penned name could mean so much to them, but it does.

I think the most memorable of those moments was two years. My husband, daughter and I were on a Disney Cruise. We had hooked up with a group of people on Facebook before we left, so we had made quite a few friends before we even got there.  A few of them had mentioned that they had read some of my books.

One day on the cruise, we were all meeting up on the pool deck for a relaxing afternoon at sea.  Jen walked up to me while I was standing around talking to a few people and asked me to sign the book.  I told Jen of course I would sign it. Once again humbled that not only did she want that scribble in her cover, but that she had brought it all the way to the ship for me to do.  While I was signing her book, I heard her talking to a few people and telling them that I was an author and when  I was done signing several people came up to me to talk to me.

It was one of my most special moments of fame. The other was when I was at a funeral. I was walking through the line to give my regards to the family, when a young woman grabbed my arm and said, “Oh My God! You’re the author!” I stared at her like she had two heads, but quickly got my surprise under control. She finally let me go after she hugged me twice.  I found it both odd and exciting that she would recognize me and it would excite her enough to latch on to me, especially at such a somber moment. It was added to my most humbled moments.

Thank you Christine for allowing me to guest post today! I hope some of your readers might be interested in checking out more about some of the books that I have written, especially the two I just released.

I'm certain my readers will want to check out your amazing books! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I have to agree that I finally embraced the title of author after my first book signing. It was such an incredible experience that it led me to write seven more books. Cheers and much success to us and our fellow authors!

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Blurb:

Detective Natasha Foster will put her job on the line to prove her gut feeling is dead on. 

When Detective Foster responds to the scene of a crash, she finds the female passenger dead, a bag full of money in the back seat and a body in the trunk. It is only when the driver, whom she nicknames Jay, wakes up with no memory that she must go with her instincts and continue the investigation in a way that was never taught. 

Jay finds himself lost, but drawn to the beautiful detective who steps above and beyond the call of duty. His need to know if he was a victim or the criminal pushes him to try and recall what happened and who he is. With the pull of a trigger, Jay’s memory will suddenly return and with it, the terrible truth.

Stacy's Bio

Stacy is a full-time police officer who enjoys crime scene investigation above all else, taking a passion in putting the pieces together to figure out the crime. She is also a business owner where she helps people get the awareness out for the causes they care most about. She is a mother of two, a son proudly serving in the United States Navy and a young daughter. Her husband is also in law enforcement. Stacy is also currently serving on the board of directors for her local domestic violence center. She is very much into photography and carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case.