I jumped off the cliff!
Last year I did something I had always wanted to do. I published my first novel for adult readers, Woman In The Pulpit.
This decision was accompanied by much anxiety, fear, trepidation, and all other emotions that are present when we step outside our comfort zone.
Since my lane, so to speak, is books for children, I expanded slowly. First I wrote a novel for teens, which was published. As a result of taking this step into something new I was invited to appear on panels at book festivals. I enjoyed the experiences and open doors that my YA novel enabled me to enter.
I loved interacting with teens and getting their feedback. They completely identified with the characters in the book and the situations they encountered. They especially identified with the mask people show to the world that everything is okay. As the students in the book, real life students could name situations in their lives when they carried on as usual even though a crisis was occurring that turned their lives upside down.
After swinging my feet off the cliff with my teen novel, The People In The Park, I didn’t want to stop there.
I had projects I’d been working on but kept tinkering and revising.
My novel, Woman In The Pulpit, was sitting on the shelf daring me to step out into the unknown. I picked it up and put it down many times. My inner warring voices fought it out. “Put it out there,” said one voice. “No, don’t,” said the other. “Send it to agents and publishers,” said a voice. “No, not yet,” the other voice said. Back and forth they went. The conversation usually ended with me putting it back on the shelf.
After looking at the manuscript way too many times, I finally decided I didn’t want to answer the ‘What if?’ question years from now.
So I steeled my nerves and went to the edge of the cliff. I closed my eyes. And jumped! Into the unknown!
Oh my! It was scary!
When Woman In The Pulpit was published I had three weeks of travel scheduled with my other books. My trips kept me busy and kept my mind from focusing on what was happening with my newly published book.
Imagine my surprise when I returned home and received a notice that Woman In The Pulpit was on the Hot New Releases list!
I exhaled. And opened my eyes. This was going to work.
During the months since the publication of Woman In The Pulpit many new doors have opened: Speaking to women’s groups, church groups, and book clubs.
I am especially delighted when women in ministry tell me that the book is spot on and illustrates their experiences.
I love all the reviews the book has received. I especially like this one:
“Woman In The Pulpit has it all – humor, drama, love, romance, suspense, tragedy, betrayal, redemption, and some incredible spiritual insights.”
Jumping of the cliff into the unknown reminded me that we shouldn’t be afraid to go after our dreams. In jumping off the cliff I sprouted wings to fly.
I still have other goals and dreams. I’m climbing a mountain this year! Another one of those ‘What if?’ questions. I’m not broadcasting what it is. But this time next year I’ll let you know what happened.
Until then… Don’t be afraid to jump off your cliff.
To Purchase: Woman In The Pulpit