Last night was an INCREDIBLE “next step” for me! I told y’all a while back that I was stepping out of my comfort zone, last night was the night!
IT WAS AWESOME!
I was nervous – something you don’t know about me – I AM NOT A FLAMING EXTROVERT! My friends never believe this – that’s because I KNOW THEM! I’m not anxious at all around people I know! Put me in a place where I don’t know people, and OH MY GOODNESS… TOP IT OFF BY PUTTING ME IN FRONT OF PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT MYSELF, heart races in a big way!!!
Last night was the Meet the Authors Night at the Black Horse Winery in Orange Park. It was nice mingling with the other authors, and the guests before the program began. Their questions and comments helped me feel a little more at ease. Everyone was very interesting, but one writer that I spoke with, Chris Hejmanowski, was very personable, knowledgeable, and made me feel comfortable from the first words of our conversation (check out his website – http://chrishejmanowski.com/ ). We talked about our work not fitting “the traditional molds”. I’ve been told that my work isn’t Contemporary Romance, instead they are LOVE STORIES – I think I like that better anyway, but there is no “bucket” for Love Stories. We talked about taking chances and later he told me he was proud that I took a chance.
When the program began, I was ready… my cheat sheet of notes to talk about myself, my experience on this journey, and my books, in my hand and ready! My turn to talk…(ACKKKKK!!!!!!!) I decided not to use my cheat sheet – just speak from my heart, and DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH ANYONE! But I looked up at Dr. Hejmanowsk made me feel at ease, and I just started talking. AND I LIVED THROUGH IT! ha ha!
I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM LAST NIGHT’S EXPERIENCE, and I am ready to move on, finish my next LOVE STORY and see what happens. I learned that I need to explore more ways to better my work, more ways to promote my books – AND ME 🙂 I have some groundwork to get started and homework to do.
It was a great personal AND professional experience and I am SOOO glad I participated!
Thank you to my friends and family who were there to support me, and special thanks to YOU for standing behind me – literally, so I didn’t have to LOOK AT YOU! ha ha ha!
I will have pictures to put up soon.
I am blessed!