But I kept writing. And after a little bit of time, I had a book. I sent it out–and it is probably holding up a couple of desks (if it hasn’t been long since incinerated) in some agent’s office, because the original manuscript was in heinous shape. There’s a lot of reasons I didn’t know how to punctuate a sentence of dialog back then–I won’t go into them now, but they seemed perfectly reasonable then.
My husband was impressed with me– Goddess, so very impressed. “Let’s publish it ourselves! We’ll get free copies, give one to the relatives–it’ll be great!”
Well, it was, until that first, “Holy God, what idiot wrote THIS crap?” review, and then suddenly I realized I’d brazenly walked out into the literary world with my dress shoved up my pantyhose, and then I’d bent over to pick up my wallet.
The last ten years have been a struggle and a fight to get better.
When Lynn and Elizabeth offered me a chance to re-publish Vulnerable and the entire Little Goddess series under DSP Productions, I cried. Oh, Goddess– a chance to see my girl gussied up and made ready for company?
I was happy and apprehensive and proud and embarrassed– Anne Bradstreet had it right. Setting your brainchild loose on the world is a terrifying thing, and it’s never the fault of the father, but of the mother who forgot to smooth its hair and button the pinafore and buckle the shoes.
This is my first baby. She has her flaws, but I still think she’s beautiful.
I am so proud.
This book has a fandom already– and the people who love it are fierce and wonderful. Jennifer Morris, who runs the Coastal Magic convention is sharing in my cover reveal. Mary Calmes and Damon Suede wrote an introduction for it that made me cry. They’re proud of me too.
You can find Vulnerable: The First Book of the Little Goddess on presale at DSP Publications–and it will be available on amazon.com on March 3rd.
I hope people love it all over again, I really do.
Especially because I’m writing the 5th one in the series right now– like I promised years ago. It’s been a long time coming–bless you all for waiting. And for folks new to the idea? Welcome to Green’s Hill. It’s everywhere I’ve ever wanted to be.