In my journey as an author, one thing I struggle with is feeling legitimate. Maybe that's a little insecurity on my part, but I'm still figuring that one out. Even with all of the wonderful comments readers have made about An Unusual Path, as well as the excitement I received from people who first heard the stories from Treadmill Tales were being made into a book, I still hesitated at times to introduce myself as "an author." I'm a mom, wife, volunteer, coach's wife, etc, and all of those things are easy for me to embrace. But to claim myself as the author I now believe I am has been a bit of a process.
Oh, I've still managed to pull it off some of the time. One of the most amazing days I've had was chatting with writing students at my high school, and that's something I can't wait to do again. Speaking to writers about writing is something one of the things that led to this blog. Their comments meant the world to me, and while I hope I was able to touch some of them, I can guarantee that I learned just as much if not more from them then anything they got from me.
This process and journey has taken a huge leap this past week. If you go to websites like Amazon and enter "JH Champine", there is no longer just one listing there. I'm coming to understand that even with one book I had fans who couldn't wait for my next work, but having more than that out now has given me confidence. Before, part of me felt like less of an author because I only had one book published. Yes, I know that's silly, but it's honest. I'm also coming to understand that the other projects I have been working on, including Treadmill Tales, are valuable to me as an author. Their day will come.
I can promise you all that I'm not stopping at two. Now that Treadmill Tales has been published, I can focus my attention back to my novels. I currently am deep into one and am taking notes on another, and it's been good to dive into those stories again. Rejoining the stories of those characters is a little like reconnecting with old friends who had to be neglected a bit when life got busy. Its has been good to sit together over coffee. Well, I tend to drink tea when I write, but you know what I mean.
To all of my fellow writers- don't stop. Keep writing, and then write some more. Embrace the fact that this silly thing we call storytelling is who you are, and it's beautiful. For me, I'm never looking back.