I thought that readers might be interested in a few blog posts that I wrote back when I was in the middle of writing SUMMERSVILLE. They primarily cover how I got started writing, my process, and some of the challenges I faced along the way. I will post them over the next week. Let me know what you think!
WELCOME 2014! (Originally posted 1/1/14, edited for clarity)
I’m glad you’re finally here because this is the year, Providence willing, that I will publish my first book.
First, a gigantic thanks to my husband, Emmett, for fully supporting me in my decision to retire from Bank of America last year, after a 27+ year career in banking. Banking, including my earlier stints at a small bank in Texas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, was very good to me, but it was time for me to pursue a second career.
Initially, I looked at things like copy writing. The only way I could plausibly do that would be if I were deeply passionate about the product or service and the company, and it’s just not simple to fall into that kind of situation. I settled on setting up a writing and editorial services company. I fretted over how I would market myself, locally and on the web. I futzed around with that for a couple of months but did not get much farther than creating a website.
One day in May 2013, my husband said, “Why don’t you just write a book?” I asked him if he was serious. Yes, he was–just stop all this scatter shot activity and write the book you’ve always wanted to write, he said. So I started on a memoir about the small town in West Virginia where I grew up, where my family was steeped in local politics, and where we led such a privileged, though at times challenging, life. Now I’m about 60 percent through the first draft, and I’m actually believing that publishing it in 2014 is a reality.
But I really think I needed 2014 to show up before it would finally come to fruition. So as Marvin Gaye would croon, “Let’s get it on!”