I'm excited to announce the release of the next installment in the Independence Islands Series, Sweet Rivals by Kari Trumbo! To celebrate, the authors of the series are having a blog tour and awesome giveaway. We are also sharing a time when God turned our grieving into a time of dancing. You can read mine below and please don't forget to enter the giveaway the follow the tour this week through the links below!
When God Turned My Grieving into a Time of Dancing...
It was my first writers' conference in 2012 and my emotions were on a rollercoaster. An introvert by nature, I braved the first few hours by faking confidence but deep down I was terrified of rejection. I'd written my first manuscript and worried myself sick the editors in attendance would hate it. I hid away from the crowd as all my insecurities came crashing down. I cried, remembering how social anxiety had plagued me most of my life and prevented me from being my true self.
After calming down, I looked at the conference schedule and saw an encouragement class for new authors. I hadn't been planning on attending but I felt God's urging to go. I'm so glad I did. The teacher for the class was Kat Crawford and she offered such encouragement! I realized through her that God had called me to be a writer and I didn't have to hide any more. Throughout the conference there were many others who also provided advice and encouragement. It was a weekend I will never forget.
The next year when I attended the writers' conference, I had the opportunity to thank Kat and the others who had been so encouraging. I also had improved my manuscript and felt ready to share it with publishers. While I didn't have sucess in having my first book published, it did start me on my path to becoming an indie author and eventually having some of my books be traditionally published by Celebrate Lit. It has been a trying journey with many ups and downs since, but God had turned a difficult time into a time of dancing.
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