A little about my journey. Because that is what this blog is called.
A few years ago, this story started floating around my head and after some mental tweaking, I decided to write it out.
At first, I went through the required internal argument of "can I even?" I don't mean the teenager's lament of not being able to 'even'. I meant - could I even do this?
I decided to do a practice run by writing a fan-fic mini-story using the characters from Fifty Shades. I realized I enjoyed creating that story and the few people who read it really seemed to enjoy it so when I was partially finished with that, I started with that floater in my brain.
|Floaters... get it?|
I had a rough time transitioning between the two when I was writing both at the same time – as they’re written from P.O.V.'s but I finally finished the FF and got really busy on what was then named The Asparagus Embarrassment. I finished it up and shared it with a number of friends and family and I got some really favorable reviews from them so I figured ‘what the heck – let’s do this thing’ and sent it out to a number of publishing companies.
Friends in writing groups warned me of the rejections, but the first few hurt anyway. After some self-deprivation I got back to work sending out queries to publishers and in September of 2015 Intrigue Publishing asked to see ‘the rest of the story.’ I was told it would be about a month before I’d hear from them again. Two weeks later, they asked for book two. They said it would be another month, the following week I got a contract!
I walked on air those first few weeks. An air of disbelief. But it was still a squishy, fluffy cloud of excitement.
The book has gone through a bit of a change since then, after their editor looked at it and made some suggestions to help make it better. I will admit, I was a bit upset by all the changes they wanted to make, but I am glad they did because I think it’s a lot better now than it was.
As I said before, the original title of the book was The Asparagus Embarrassment, but we decided to go with a title that was more all-encompassing of the theme of the story. That is why it is now Center Courtship. Of course, this doesn’t mean I won’t keep talking about asparagus. Seriously, it’s yummy!