I received the news this morning from my publisher and am now thrilled to report that The Wrong Side of Twenty-Five will be released on Thursday December 28th 2017. That’s right, this year! If I was someone who danced, or someone with little to no self-awareness, I would be dancing. This is the single most exciting thing that has ever happened to me!
That’s not to say nothing exciting has happened to me, not at all, but being an author is a dream I’ve had since I was little. It’s a common dream, but one rarely carried out. I have always written things, only for them to fester in my hard drive, never to see the light of day. It was only after I was unceremoniously fired from a job that I hated, that I decided to take writing seriously. My boss called me in to his office, call me by the wrong name, and told me that unfortunately I was fired because I ‘wasn’t a good fit’. Rejected and dejected, I went home and took a hard look at myself. What now? I was only qualified to do one type of job, and at twenty-five too old for an apprenticeship. Besides, what apprenticeship would I even do? The truth was I had no ambition and no career goals, except to be an author, which was ridiculous. People like me, from small towns, with no degrees, don’t get to be authors. It’s up there with wanting to be an astronaut or an acrobat. A ridiculous pipe dream. But I found myself with spare time and nothing to lose, so I started to writing and I haven’t stopped since.
I’m twenty-seven now. And by the end of the year, something I wrote in the early hours on a ten-year-old desktop computer, will be a book. Physical proof that this small town girl did it with no advantage but passion. So to me, it’s more than just a book, but to you, hopefully it’s a book you’ll enjoy. Thank you for joining me on my journey to publication.