So excited to have the opportunity to talk about my Sanibel-inspired novel, Ten Days In Paradise, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Sanibel Public Library, 770 Dunlop Road. The event is part of the library’s Meet the Author series.
I’ll also be talking to readers and signing books from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Sanibel Island Bookshop, 1571 Periwinkle Way.
Ten Days In Paradise is a compelling and heartfelt novel about marriage and family relationships. The story unfolds as the Blakemore family arrives on Sanibel to celebrate their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Tensions are running high. Judy is worried about her husband’s strange behavior and inexplicable memory lapses. Her daughters haven’t spoken for months. Judy’s son David is ambushed by a powerful attraction to another woman, and forced to confront the fault lines in his own marriage that lead to a stunning revelation.
During my library presentation, I’ll read a few excerpts and share my unconventional author’s journey. As a late bloomer to fiction, I also hope to inspire people follow their dreams.
Yes, life is full of surprises . . . If someone would have told me that I would have published my debut novel well into my fifties I would have never believed them. Many people my age are retiring. But without question, this has been one of the most rewarding – and most terrifying – experiences of my life.
You name it I was afraid of it: failure, bad reviews, not selling any books, the list goes on. I’ll never forget the day I published on Amazon, my hand hovered over the mouse for ten minutes. I knew it would change my life and it did.
Since then, I’ve sold more books and ebooks than I ever thought possible, garnered 100+ Amazon reviews and amassed a huge Twitter following, including hundreds of authors and readers. (And this from a die hard social media phobe prior to publishing!)
Fear is a dream killer. To think that I came very close to missing out on a wonderful opportunity for personal growth and success because of fear … That’s why I’m always excited to have an opportunity to share my story with others. There is a post-it on my desk with this quote: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” It is my mantra. We are all capable of so much more than we can imagine.
Sanibel is such a special place for me. Yet when I was writing Ten Days I never realized how much readers would connect with the Sanibel Island setting. One reviewer wrote that “the lush locale was a character in itself.” Another wrote, “I could actually imagine myself in that glorious setting.” And one Amazon reviewer said, “I love the way the book immerses me in nature; the island is so lush and the portrait so vivid it’s physical.” I am so grateful these readers took the time to share their thoughts.
Soon I’ll be there for a glorious two weeks. And whether I’m walking on the beach or riding my bike through the lush greenery, Sanibel never fails to renew my spirits and belief in all that is possible. And my novel is proof of that.
Dare to dream, and never look back!