I’m sure that I’m not the only person who has a memory bank of firsts. When talking books, I still remember the very first book that I ever read. I was four and the book was Three Billy Goats Gruff, if you were wondering.
I also remember the first contemporary Christian romance book that I ever read. You want to know what it was? I’m going to tell you anyway (ha!). It was One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg. I can hear your shocked gasps all the way over here. I can probably guess what you’re thinking.
How did I not read CCR before 2017?
Honest answer, I have no idea except that I’d been reading historical and romantic suspense up until then. You see, I didn’t find out about Christian fiction until a few years earlier and I was introduced to a historical series that I loved and it was about 20 books long. So I’ve been “catching up” for years now. It’ll never happen, but it certainly is fun to try.
Once I read One Enchanted Christmas I fell hard for CCR. You might say it was love at first sight. Which is why it’s really no surprise that the first book I ever wrote was contemporary Christian romance. And the next book, and the one after that, and, well, you get the point.
I also remember the first time I stumbled onto InspyRomance and fell in love with the blog. I thought, “That’s going on my list. One day I’ll blog for InspyRomance.” Of course, being me, I never commented on any posts. I’m a lurker at heart. Cheers to all the 100% introverts who–like me–read every post.
Now I’ve been blogging here for a year! It’s surreal and as thrilling now as it was the first time I sat down to write my very first InspyRomance post.
Like with anything that we do, with time comes familiarity and growth. I’ve learned from that first book that I wrote and I’ve grown as a writer. God has guided me along the way and helped me find my voice through written words. I give all the honor and glory to Him, because without God none of this would be possible.
There are many more firsts that I hope and pray I’ll achieve as this author journey continues, but I trust those to God and His timing.
What are some firsts that you remember?