A few weeks ago I did a feature post on Jessica Tornese's website, which I wanted to share on my own blog as well. (See below). Jessica Tornese is the author of Linked Through Time, Lost Through Time, as well as the M&M Twins-Lost in Bowser Cave. To visit her website http://jessicatornese.com/
************************************************Writing seemed like a simple idea. I had the story, & the ability to type, so what could possibly make it a challenge?
This question has plagued me for the last 8 years. What started out as a dream that I decided to write down has turned into a wonderful battle. Writing is anything but simple. Having an idea is just the beginning. Getting it to come to life for others to enjoy is something else entirely. After finishing Mere Enchantment and realizing that having it published traditionally was just not in the cards, my husband came up with the plan to try self publishing. For a long time I didn't like the idea, thinking it would destroy my chances of being published "for real". After a while I agreed, and it has been a fantastic journey.
Self publishing is definitely not for the faint at heart. It is extremely difficult and requires hours and hours of your personal time and funds. Between marketing, publicity, and getting the book ready for the public, it is a full time job. Even with all this work, I've discovered my complete love for sharing my stories with the world. Thanks to social media, and big name companies offering "self-publishing" deals, my dream has been brought to life.
As I finished the final book of The Enchantment Series, I am understanding that the last 8 years I have spent among the land of Mere with all the wonderful characters have been some of my best. As I'm getting ready to say goodbye to those characters and move on to the next adventure I'm finding it bittersweet. Chloe, Preston, Megan, Jason and Zach have been a constant thought, always in the back of my mind, always moving forward.
The final pages of Rings of Enchantment were extremely challenging for me to write as I knew it was goodbye. With each click on the keyboard, my heart swelled with joy, but also with despair as I closed the chapter of my life that I've known for so long. I express my sincere gratitude too all the people that have enjoyed the journey with me, including all the readers and fans.