Well, this weekend was the first time I revealed to my extended family that I've written a book. The only people who knew before now was my wife and my daughter.
It was a great time to visit my folks and show them what I've been up to. Naturally, there was a lot of celebrating and happiness. There were also a lot of questions. The most frequent question was: How long did it take?
The truth is, I started creating the setting four years ago just as a fun expression of my creativity. I really had no idea what I would do with it. I started with a map then filled the empty spaces with little stories and legends.
In fact, much of what I wrote at that time you may have read on this blog or on my Twitter account. It wasn't until a buddy of mine got published three years ago that I really started researching how to write a book.
The research and consequent outlining took me another year. Then it was two years to write the novella.
That might seem a long time for a book whose hardback edition is less than 200 pages, but for a debut work of fiction, it really isn't. I had to do a lot of revision. Whole chapters had to be rewritten. That was frustrating and hard.
BUT, the final product was worth it. I am now author, and I couldn't be happier about that.
Look for more posts in the future to focus on nature. Being outdoors is what really inspires me and my book. I am fortunate enough to live in a place with lots of beautiful topography. I want to share what I've seen with you.
Until next time, take care of each other :)