I have no idea what to write for this. How do I write up 10 years worth of gratitude into one single post? Here goes nothing I guess.
10 years ago today, I published my debut novel, Break Me. Tori and Sebastian were my very first couple and they set the bar for the rest of the books after it.
2013 was a very different publishing time but with how hard it's been lately, I like to think that it makes us stronger. Or that's what I keep telling myself anyway.
I've met so many amazing people over these past 10 years. Made some friends, lost some friends, made mistakes, learned from them, gained loyal readers, lost some readers...and I've grown. As an author and as a person. I've written over 40 books and they're all so different from each other but they all hold a special spot in my heart. This pandemic has been brutal and with losing my dad because of it, I've been struggling to write ever since. Sure I've released some new books but I'm not writing like I used to before my daddy passed. But I know that I have to be patient with myself and that I will find that mojo again. I also know that even though my dad didn't read my books, he was proud of me. One day I'll write a book for him, one he could have read when he was alive. But for now, I'll write what I know.
This 10 year journey has brought me to many book signings in Canada, the USA and even the UK! I can't thank my readers enough for sticking by me. Whether you started reading my books back in 2013 or you just learned about me this year, I can't thank you enough. There are SO many books out there, so I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy lives to read my little stories. And if you haven't read my books, thank you just the same! I know it's hard for us authors to take a break from our own books but thank you for your support just the same.
Thank you to all of you for being there through losses of pets, family members, for your support during life changing events. Just thank you.
Oh and if I could go back and tell baby JM one thing, it would be to be patient AND to be kind to yourself. As my hubby keeps telling me, "Rome wasn't built in a day". I'd also tell baby JM that burnout is very real.
HAPPY 10 YEAR ANIVERSARY TO ME!!!! <3