The fourth book of the Genevieve Lenard series was release two weeks ago. It took five months of hard, hard, hard, hard work. First the idea, then the planning, then the research, then the writing, more research, tweaking the planning, writing, more research, more writing, and then the editing. This last process takes longer than the writing itself, but believe me, you don’t want to read my books without the hugely embarrassing typos and other mistakes being edited out! I think I break my editor a little bit every time I send her a manuscript!
One of the writers I admire the most is Harper Lee. One book. That was all it took to win a Pulitzer Prize, have a movie made that won Oscars and have her book still relevant, still read at schools and still selling because people want to read it. That is a masterpiece. And frankly, it is my all-time favourite book.
I read for different reasons: To learn something, to be entertained, to escape a difficult week, to challenge myself, to broaden my horizons, to be enchanted by beautiful writing with strong characters and an amazing story. This is also the reason I write. My books might (very likely) never live up to Harper Lee’s standards, but that was never my intention. I wanted to write books I enjoy reading.
And then the motivation for writing shifted. Not changed—I still write books I would love to read, merely adjusted. After the first and then the second book, more and more readers contacted me via email or o Facebook. There are some regular faces on Facebook that I really consider my reader-friends (even if they don’t know it). Whenever they like a post, it makes me smile. They interact with me, share with me and suddenly I no longer wrote for myself. I now write for all those amazing people who took a chance on reading about Genevieve’s adventures, who took a chance on me.
This is a bit about me, but mostly about you. Without the amazing people I’ve met in the last 18 months, this journey would not have been the same. You guys make it incredibly special for me. I can only hope to live up to your expectations for the next book. Please know that I see every ‘like’, every comment—and it means the world to me.