This book is my baby. I have been wanting to write it for the last two years, but for one reason or another, I also found one excuse to the next not to do it. Only very recently did I realize that "Dear Tommy" is the one book that I am willing to bleed for and I didn't really want to start writing it until I knew in my heart of hearts that I am fully ready for the impact that shaping the story would have on me.
In the last few weeks, the need to jump-start the writing of "Dear Tommy" consumed me even in my sleep. I found myself mentally drafting scenes, plots, characters and conceptualizing book jacket designs. It didn't take long before I realized that the book was beckoning me, pleading with me, begging me to sit down and start putting my thoughts into words. And I gave in.
I have started working on "Dear Tommy" a few days ago, just as I was launching another online business while working for Firebrand. I don't know how I manage it all, but thankfully, with a little organization and time-management skills, I get by. Because of all the things I have to juggle everyday, I only have a few hours daily that I can dedicate to writing the book, but that is okay. The reality is, "Dear Tommy" scares me. The moment that I finally told myself with absolute conviction that I am going to write the book, I felt that thunder-like banging in my chest. I was so scared I was wondering why was I suddenly scared? I've never been that scared before. I still am scared, too. There are moments when I would just stop and stare at my manuscript and notes and then fear would set it. Another author-friend in one of the Facebook Groups I am a member of quipped that perhaps it is a good sign, that this is my breakthrough in the publishing industry... I hope so. Not really because I am desperate to have my share of the limelight, but because "Dear Tommy" is such a good story that it must reach a wide audience. People must be able to read it, especially the female populace.
"Dear Tommy" is about a woman's struggle with unexplained infertility, a disrupted adoption , the falling out of her marriage and how she triumphed from it all.
Needless to say, I am very excited about it. I can't wait to reach the end of the novel and see how the characters would blend in with each other and how the main character would fight her way to victory.
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