Since I’m taking a week away from the Internet, I asked the lovely Erin Zarro if she would do a guest post for me, and boy, did she deliver. Here she is to talk about following your dreams…
As a child, I was mercilessly teased and taunted by others. It left me with scars that have never quite healed. To this day, I always feel like someone’s watching me and having a good laugh. Even though that’s totally not the case. It made me feel like less of a person, a freak, for so long. It really hurt me, deep inside, and I went through many years of therapy and depression and soul-searching. But I’m getting better now, through medication and writing.
I recently made the decision to self-publish my work as opposed to finding an agent. My debut novel Fey Touched, which released on August 1st, is a mix of both sci-fi and fantasy (and a bit of horror, too) and I wasn’t sure if there was even a market for that sort of thing. And if an agent would take it on. They only take what they know they can sell. So I loved this book, loved the concept, and made the decision. I would let my inner light shine. Scars and imperfections and all. I would make my mark on the world through my words.
What prompted this, you are probably wondering. A clinically depressed writer would probably believe her stuff sucked and would never sell. Yep, been there, done that, got the tee shirt. Why would I put myself out there, out to possible ridicule and nasty commentary? Why would I take that kind of chance with this beautiful book I love so much? Was I insane?
No, but I owe it all to Adam Lambert.