I did a degree in Creative Writing and as soon as I graduated, I started working seriously towards publication. That was...um...ten years ago now. And you know what, I succeeded! I've been published multiple times, I've had interest from agents, I've won awards, I get good reviews, and I dare say I'm pretty damn good at this whole writing thing.
But you know, I've kind of played it safe over the years. I love, love, love urban fantasy, the supernatural, occult, and mythical, and that's where my writing has largely stayed. Tomorrow that changes. Tomorrow I'm stepping completely out of my comfort zone with TANNER'S WAR. And I'm pretty nervous! What if it sucks? What if I'm just no good at anything other than urban fantasy/paranormal? What if everyone hates it?
These are pretty big thoughts to be dealing with on a Monday morning, so I'm comforting myself with a good cup of vanilla and almond tea, and reminding myself that I have nothing to worry about...that I don't normally worry about when I have a new book out. Every new book is a gamble, and of course, yes, some people will hate it. That's life and that's fine. I've hated plenty of books in my time (including some I wrote myself, in retrospect). But if I let those kind of anxieties rule me, I'd never attempt to publish anything ever again.
And you know what? I actually think TANNER'S WAR is a great story. It's sexy, fast-paced, there's action, there's humour, there's love, there's snakes...Stepping out of that comfort zone was amazing! I had so much fun writing it, I just want everyone else to have fun reading it. And I think you will...Meanwhile I'm going to distract myself the best way I know how - by writing another book.