As I sit here pondering just what to write in my next review, I think back to the books I’ve read in the past. As much as I would LOVE to tell you that I was a dewy-eyed teenager mooning over Edward Cullen, I must admit that I was nearly past my twenties before I even discovered that particular brand of “heroine”.
It seems the literary world is not so much different from the dystopian novels that pop up every couple of years and draw thousands into their “what else could possibly go wrong” world.
And it appears all you really need to have a successful novel series is that one out of reach element that a few lucky authors hit on first!
Once upon a time, I had a novel that I was working on (under one of my many pseudonyms) and it too involved a family of “good” vampires. I began writing it long before anyone had ever heard the name Stephenie Meyer but alas, I never finished it. And so it sits in a folder somewhere gathering virtual dust while I struggle to find another “hook” that will make someone actually want to represent my work.
There are a number of these half-written stories sitting in folders on jump drives that are tucked away somewhere or other and most likely not one of them will ever again see the light of day.
But it gives me some insight into the world of writing and I’m afraid it has jaded me a bit as well.
Apparently you don’t actually need to be a great writer, you don’t even need to be a good writer to make it BIG! You just need the right hook and the right timing. Some might even say all you need is a little luck.
I don’t believe in luck. I believe in GOD! Only 1 GOD and only 1 heaven. And I pray every day that the missteps I have made over the years have not hurt my path too much. And in a way, I’m even glad some of the novel ideas I have tucked away never made it into publication.
If they had, I would not be who I am today. I would be someone who is even more jaded and cynical and angry… and very very lonely, I’m certain.
So for now, I’ll work on my CHRISTIAN Sci-Fi and my CHRISTIAN Fantasy and someday – when GOD is ready for me to make my way through that glass ceiling, I will see my name on the cover of a book tucked in the crook of someone’s arm or open in front of them as they read voraciously.
And while I wait, I’ll keep working on my craft, honing my skills, praying and waiting patiently.
Good Night and God Bless!
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© J.C. Morrows 2014