Summer is here! My bags are packed and I’m ready for a new adventure. Let’s head north up island when we disembark the Circle Island Ferry.
Every month I come to the Island to meet new characters, to discuss their journey and my own. For the love of reading, the love of writing, I drive the bookmobile to a new location the last Wednesday of each month. I’ve asked you to come along as I tour Circle Island. Thank you for joining me.
Without you, I wouldn’t have a bookmobile, there wouldn’t be an island to tour, there wouldn’t be any master plan or grand scheme. Without you, I couldn’t call myself an author. Without the motivation to keep creating, I wouldn’t be on the greatest adventure of my life. Thank you for giving me a reason to go full circle and discover more of myself.
I have another short story collection planned before the release of books #7 and #8 in the Circle Island Series. The Short Story Collection, Volume II, will feature characters from the last two books in the series, and will allow me to explore hidden pieces of their lives that won’t be written about in the full length novels.
Working alone, at home, isn’t always as great as it sounds. It’s one of the trials of being an indie author. When projects don’t go as planned, when I’ve lost my bearings, my confidence, I force myself to get back on track. I have to. There's no one else pushing a deadline on me. It’s no longer a dream that one day I’ll write a novel and get it published, it’s my reality, and that reality is attached to a bigger goal of publishing a series of books. My journey has started, and on those days I feel totally lost and alone, my moral compass keeps me headed in the right direction.
The Circle Island Bookmobile Tour has been online since October, 2014. I’ve been able to showcase the first six novels in the series, and talk about the two books I’ve published so far. This blog is a way for me to record the plans I have for the series, and it's also a tool to explore Circle Island. Whether you land here when content is new, or later when the compilation interests you, I hope I've been able to create a world for us to share.
I came across a book the other day entitled, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling. Published in book format, this is J.K. Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard University in 2008. I’ve watched the speech numerous times on YouTube, but I recommend Very Good Lives because sales of this book benefit Lumos, a non-profit organization founded by J.K. Rowling which transforms the lives of disadvantaged children, and sales of this book also provide financial aid at Harvard University. I agree with her message about failure teaching us lessons we can't learn in other ways. Her statement about imagination giving us the power to empathize with other human beings in experiences we haven't had ourselves motivates me to continue the path I'm on.
This month and next I’ll be getting TRUTHS TO MYSELF ready for publication in August. This is a story about learning to love after loss. In the fall, I’ll be preparing THE BIRDS for release at the end of the year.
Summer is the best time to read, and for me, it’s also the best time to write. Let me close by again saying thank you. Your interest fuels the Circle Island Bookmobile to keep running.