Since I was little, I’ve always told/written stories. Hundreds. When we moved from a small town in New Jersey at the age of 8, my Girl Scout troop gave me a card and one of the moms wrote this:
Pretty sure Sushi and Dead Seaweed were characters in a story I told the girls as we headed out one day.
I don’t think I realized until a year or two ago how many people use their blog as a jumping off point for writing a book, which is pretty smart. My blog was started because I was bored and wanted a creative outlet. I actually had no interest in writing a book.
The instant gratification of blogging seemed a lot more fun to me.
As time has passed and nearly 4 1/2 years of blogging is under my internet belt, I’ve heard the words, “You should write a book” again and again. Especially after Kaden died. I loved to share my story – happy and sad – and who knew this is where life would take me.
The thought of writing a book seemed – mind boggling.
I have felt the tug on my heart to start writing for about a year now – and my prayer has always been that God would open doors if that’s the step He wanted me to take. While so much of our story hasn’t been shared on here (even if it looks contrary to that) I wasn’t sure anyone would really care to read more.
About a month ago, I received an email from a woman who is pretty well known in the loss/infertility/author community. Carolyn Savage carried another couple’s child after an embryo mixup – then gave the little boy to the couple after birth. She went on to appear on several shows and write a book on her experience. She asked if I’d be interested in collaborating in a series of books with her and other bloggers (some of which have also written best sellers). I’d be telling a part of my experiences throughout these past 5 years – but a perspective on it that women don’t often read before having children.
I jumped at the chance. Not only is Carolyn an amazing woman and author, but her offer was the stepping stone to learning how this all works.
The series name and detailed info is under wraps right now. We have contracts, an editor, a designer. The book will be available both in print and on e-readers. The first book in the series is due out early 2015!
Friends. I am SO excited for this opportunity. I can’t wait to share more with you in months to come. I’m hoping that this is the start to something wonderful both with Carolyn and the other writers, and in the future as I branch out from here more.