You’ve been there. That Monday morning quarterback feeling. Hindsight is bliss. If only I’d known…
- If only I’d known that grizzly bears find hiking trails just as convenient as hikers do.
- If only I’d known that the incoming tide brings in the big critters (as in Sharks) to feed.
- If only I’d known that publication means hard-and-fast deadlines and spending as much time on non-writing activities as on writing.
The first two turned out all right. It’s never fun to come face-to-face with a grizzly, but luckily he preferred berries to hikers that day. The last one I thought I knew, but it was more like the “yeah, I know, mom” sort of knowing that doesn’t really have a clue. When seasoned authors told me to enjoy my time before getting published, I more or less gave them that “oh sure, easy for you to say” look. After all, they were published! The be all and end all of my 15-year quest. They must be exaggerating. Yep, those sage souls are laughing their socks off right now.
The heroes and heroines of our books often have an “if only I’d known that” moment. For Jen Fox in my current Love Inspired Historical release, Love by Design, a career choice doesn’t turn out quite the way she expected.
The heroine in my June release with Revell, Love’s Rescue, might have wished she’d known a little more about ships than she thought she did.
Your turn! What do you wish you’d known earlier?
Love by Design – LIH, May 2015
Love’s Rescue – Revell, June 2015