Today, I’m thrilled to have award winning author Christi Corbett as a guest on my blog. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure to watch Christi go from unpublished author to published author. Christi’s first book Along the Way Home has been described as “epic romance inside of an epic Western adventure.” Her second book Tainted Dreams was released on May 12th. Christi is the winner of the 2013 RONE Award for Best American Historical novel and lives in a small town in Oregon with her husband and their twin children. The home’s location holds a special place in her writing life; it stands just six hundred feet from the original Applegate Trail and the view from her back door is a hill travelers looked upon years ago as they explored the Oregon Territory and beyond.
Without further ado, here’s Christi.
First, I’d like to thank Laura Best for hosting me on her blog today! I really appreciate her generosity and willingness to share her readers with me as I talk about support systems.
Writing is a solitary endeavor and once a writer has spent months, or more likely years, honing every word to perfection, they’ve only just begun. The publication process is filled with more ups and downs than a roller coaster, so it’s very important to have a network of supporters. After all, who else will understand what you’re going through when you get three rejections in one day? Or when a famous best-selling super author releases a book with the same title you slaved over for months and is perfect for your next book? Or when you finally have to shove your first novel in a drawer because even after you’ve made every improvement you can think of, it’s still not working?
I met Laura years ago, and while the details are fuzzy how exactly that first virtual meeting came about, I do recall it centering on her book trailer. We chatted at great length about it, and have kept in touch ever since. I’ve cheered from my desk chair as she’s shared her details of publication with cover reveals, excerpts, and release day news.
I’ve been a published author since June of 2013, and I’m so very grateful to all those who’ve helped me on my path to publication. From critique partners to beta readers, from bloggers to members of writing groups, I’ve gotten to know hundreds of writers, and I’ve been fortunate to call many of them friends. I cherish every one, and rejoice in their successes, and cringe right along with them when they suffer setbacks.
It’s also important to have a supportive network of family and friends, who aren’t going to complain or try to talk you out of writing sessions. My immediate family is very supportive of my career, for which I’m very grateful. Rest assured, it took years for them to fully appreciate my need for writing time, and cooperate, but now they understand and are (usually) happy to oblige when I say I need to be with my imaginary friends who live in my imaginary world. Or, when I say I need to do book marketing. In fact, my husband is currently handling dinner preparations for our twins so I can write this post. And while “handling dinner preparations” actually means he’s taking them out for pizza, the end result is still the same—they are giving me some much-needed quiet time to write.
How about you? What is your support system like? Is there anything you wish your family and friends did differently to support your dreams?
Back cover copy:
Sometimes, the end justifies the means…
Kate Davis arrived into Oregon City transformed from a pampered daughter of fortune into a determined woman with a plan–fulfill her father’s dream of starting a horse ranch in Oregon Territory.
She quickly discovers a harsh truth–even thousands of miles from home, on an unsettled land America doesn’t yet own or govern, gender still takes precedence over ability. Refusing to be ruled once again by the stifling laws and societal norms she’d escaped by leaving Virginia, Kate begins creatively claiming what is rightfully hers.
Until a visit to the land office changes everything.
Jake Fitzpatrick guided Kate across the Oregon Trail, and fell in love with her along the way. Now he wants to marry her and build a life together, but a ruthless man from Jake’s past threatens to reveal a dark secret, and destroy everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.
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