‘Tis the season and my gift to you is this motivating question: Why not me?
I remember when I first burned with the desire to write a novel. Not just to write it, but to see it published and on bookshelves, readily available for anyone who wanted to read it. The realist in me said, “But you don’t know how to write a book.” The dreamer countered, “But I could learn. There are ‘how to’ books and classes. Other people do it. Why not me?
Every day I’m faced with some sort of challenge in my writing and publishing journey. Something that seems unattainable. Insurmountable. The realist lists all the reason why I’m doomed. The dreamer persists–Why not me?
Fourteen years since the dreamer first whispered that question and, including three books co-written with Cynthia Valero under the name CB Scott, I now have ten novels in print and more on the way. I’m writing for two publishing companies. My fifth book for Medallion Press, the historical western ROMANCING THE WEST, debuted in October. My second book for HQN (Harlequin) the contemporary romantic comedy EVERYBODY LOVES EVIE, hits shelves February 1, 2008
of my books have won awards. I’ve been favorably reviewed on several readers’ sites (including Romance Junkies!) and print magazines such as Romantic Times BOOKreviews as well as industry publications like Book Page and Publishers Weekly. I receive fan letters from enthusiastic readers (perhaps the biggest rush of all)! The list of wondrous accomplishments goes on. I never really stop to bask because it doesn’t seem real. I just keep chugging along, writing the stories of my heart.
But it is real. It’s happening because I believed with hard work and perseverance that someday it could happen. And it doesn’t just pertain to writing. That same determination saw me through more than twenty-five years as a professional performer (my first passion) and in between and after… a stint as a music teacher for a Catholic grade school, an entertainment coordinator for one Atlantic City casino and a PR coordinator for another. I’ve also worked as a secretary/assistant at two entertainment agencies and a library assistant at my local library. All of these jobs involved skills and knowledge I didn’t have going in. What I had was enthusiasm, a fierce desire to learn, and a few excellent mentors who saw something in me.
Whatever your ambitions, your goals and dreams… Whenever it seems hopeless, just ask yourself, “Why not me?”
“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” — George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright and Critic