Before I became an author, I read several historical fiction books that were, well, boring to say the least. Stuffy, even. I mean, who wants to read about history anyway? It’s soooo dull.
Then one day I realized that I was wrong about history. It’s actually kinda cool and the people of the past were a whole lot stronger, more talented, and, honestly, more interesting than I thought. That’s when I thought, maybe I could write a historical fiction story.
I was concerned that no one would like it, no one would read it because it just wouldn’t be interesting enough. It just wouldn’t be what the modern day reader wants to read.
After talking to some other readers, I discovered they were just as bored with historical fiction as I was. They wanted something different…
That’s when I decided I would set out to write the most adventurous YA historical fiction book for the most authentic and intelligent reader in the world.
It turns out…
The road was more difficult than I imagined.
The publishing world wouldn’t accept my book because it has a moral to it, because it mentions God, it’ wasn’t diverse enough, and didn’t have enough “morally gray” characters.
Because of this, I decided to go out on a limb and publish it myself.
But the fear set in…
I can’t publish it myself, I said. No one would care. No one would read it. No one would even know that it existed. Right? Nah, I’m just going to quit. Give up. I am going to work on something entirely different.
I spent years and thousands of dollars, trying to start a handmade business. I know how to sew, so I thought, surely I could use my skill to make something, anything, and sell it for profit. Uhh, no, that failed. Why? Because I wasn’t passionate about it. I didn’t fully understand that world. When you’re not passionate about something, it just becomes a chore.
That’s when I realized…
My true passion was writing. And if I am passionate about it and passionate about my story, then surely there were others out there who long to go on an adventure in history. It’s time traveling, right?! Absolutely!
I talked with some other readers and was elated to find that they, too, were ready for something new in the historical fiction world.
Let’s do this together!
Let’s write some books that are adventurous, that explores the darkness within us all, but doesn’t leave us in despair, but full of hope.