Author Confessions

When I was asked this morning by author Win Day to share my author confessions, guilt plagued me. It’s not personal guilt like bad eating habits or not working out that upset me; it’s career guilt, and a favorite reader immediately comes to mind. His name is Pat. If you search for my books on Amazon, you’ll find one, maybe two reviews from Pat. You’ll quickly see why I ‘heart’ this man. PS: This is not my husband. I have not been able to get my husband to read my books. Yet…

Pat is my favorite reader. He’s the inspiration that gets my butt in the chair and keeps me writing. Yes. A writer needs inspiration and support from their readers. Please don’t be afraid to talk to us. But…

Guilt. It weighs heavily on my mind. Pat is part of my tribe. He’s one of the first readers of my books. He particularly loves my fantasy series, The Odin Saga. He says he really enjoyed The Scarlett Mark. I knew this admission was true when he shared the book with his friends and family, and I received subsequent letters from them. He enjoyed The Ebony Queen, too, in all her delicious deviousness and darkness. The Ebony Queen was published in the summer of 2016. Two years have passed since publishing this MedEvil Romantasy, and Pat, bless his heart, diligently waits for book three. While suffering through the drought, he reads my romance novels. I giggle a little here because Pat doesn’t normally read romance. I’ve driven him to romance… Between you and I, I think he likes the naughty bits, the love scenes. I’ll put one or two in book three, just for him!

An author confession? That I’ve somehow let my favorite reader down while pursuing other projects. Emotion. I will not to submit to tears. Deep breath. This is my promise to Pat. No more distractions. Book 3 will be coming soon!


Shelley’s recent novel, The Half Mile of Baby Blue, a contemporary romance, is currently available at Chapters/Indigo in Trade Paperback, and in digital format at all other e-tailers.

Find it here: books2read.com/u/bPJYjR

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