Time for reflecting
Two and a half years ago, I wrote An Oathbreaker's Vow (though it was named A Gift Freely Given then). The first draft was so bad. The elements for a decent story was there, but I was rusty and overwhelmed. I was terrified that any little setback would put me off writing and I'd never finish. So I plowed ahead, ignoring problems with tone and pacing.
When i was finished, the mistakes continued. I had no idea how to vet an editor and I didn't do a good job selecting mine first one. I released the book and then had no idea how to promote it, so it languished in the land of undiscovered novels.
It tool me two years to learn how to do better. Two years to become a more mature writer. Two years to understand the market and marketing (though I'm nowhere near and expert). Two years to figure out how to find people to help me make my books pop - a fantastic editor, a cover designer I freaking love, an ARC team to help me launch new titles.
The Remembered Queen has been out for just over a week and already I have 10 fabulous reviews. That's more than An Oathbreaker's Vow got in six months. So many people have read Jon and Aviana's story! It's honestly amazing and humbling to me to see people talking about two characters than didn't even exist before October of last year.
In October, I was knee deep in the middle of writing Fear and Bitter Thorns. The thought of finishing Leisha's story gutted me and I distracted myself by trying to come up with a new idea. I don't remember where I was, but I remember the genesis for Aviana and Jon. Two people in a tavern. One turns to the other and asks, "What would you do if you met a monster?"
What started with a simple questions, ended with a story I adore.
Thank you everyone who has left a review. You've helped me launch my book!