Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Post So Exciting, You Might Want To Read Sitting Down

Ok, so it might not be as exciting for you all as it is for me, but still... it's pretty freaking exciting.

If you're a follower of my facebook page you might have picked up on the fact that, besides writing, I also work full-time at Target.  I wrote both Never Close Enough and Never Far Away while working 40 hours a week, with two small children, and a husband so supportive and understanding that he needs to have his head examined.

I would work a full-day, go home and take care of my kids and house, then when my husband came home (from his own 11 hour workday) I would leave to write at Starbucks until they closed and then go to bed just to get up and do it all again the next day.  If I had the day off from work it was likely that I left my kids at daycare or with family for a few hours to get in some writing.  My 2-year-old's first sentence he could put together was "Mommy write book?"  He would ask me that when I put my laptop case on my shoulder to head out to write.  I was absent a lot for a good year.

A few weeks ago my husband and I made the decision that I would step down from my management position at Target to part-time so I could get in one full day of writing.  32 hours at Target and hopefully 15-20ish hours writing.  Luckily for me, sales of my books were making it possible for me to take a loss at my full-time job.  The very day Never Far Away was released was my first day in my new role at work and I felt like everything was as it should be.

Then March happened.

I could never have imagined the response I got from the release of Never Far Away, and how many people read and loved it.  Not only that, but the sales for Never Close Enough were up as well.  I was so excited and felt like I had made a great decision.

Then April happened, and holy cow, is it still happening.

We (as in me, myself, I, my husband, my family, anyone who knows me) are so thrilled/thankful/excited/grateful/flabbergasted/blown-the-heck-away by how well the books are doing, and all the support I am getting.  I could NEVER have imagined any of this would happen.

So, I wanted to write an official THANK YOU to everyone who has read the books, told someone you know about the books, left a review, left me a message, or in any way supported me in this crazy and wild ride.  Thanks to all of you, I was able to officially resign from my job at Target in its entirety.  As of Tuesday the 29th of April I will officially be a full-time writer.  That will be my job.  People will ask me what I do for a living and I will be able to answer "I write," or "I'm a novelist," or "I make stuff up and write it down,"  and I have no words to tell you all what that means to me.  None.

What does this mean for you?  More books!  I can't wait to get all these books out of my head and out to you readers!  I hope you're ready for me, cause you got me!

Honestly and sincerely,
Thank you - so much.


  1. Congratulations to you, your family, your friends, and the many characters that get to share their stories with us! I am SO excited to see what you have in store for us. Best of luck and get writing lady! ;)

  2. Anie, that is amazing and so very exciting. I talked so much about the first Never book that a friend bought them. I loved them and am excited that you are thinking of writing another. Congratulations and enjoy the ride. Life is too short to not chase our dreams.

  3. Thanks so much Andrea! I am so happy to hear that you liked the books, that means a lot to me!