In September, I had the privilege of attending the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference. While I was there, I met several authors I had only previously connected with online–including fellow InspyRomance authors, Toni Shiloh and Emily Conrad! I also got to meet the wonderful woman I’d like to introduce you to today. I invited Dulcie Dameron to guest post over here, because she has several small-town contemporary Christian romance novels out and is definitely going to be someone you’ll want to check out!
Take it away, Dulcie!
I’m so excited to get to share a little bit about myself and my writing today. And let me give a huge thanks to Tara Grace Ericson for this opportunity!
If you don’t know me, I’m Dulcie, a Christian wife and mama who’s currently obsessed with writing down the stories that live in my imagination. I was an avid reader for years before I started writing a little over a year ago, and since then, God has allowed me to complete and self-publish four novels and two novellas! Whew! It’s been a wild ride, but one I’m infinitely blessed to be on. I’ve met so many amazing indie authors and friends along the way, and for that, I’m even more grateful!
Today, I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and talk about why I decided to venture into writing fiction.
For years I blogged about my personal life, struggles, beauty, and everything in between, but when 2020 hit, I lost inspiration. I felt overwhelmed and bogged down, as I’m sure many of you did during that time. Then enter in my fifth pregnancy, subsequent cesarean section and a severe struggle with Post-Partum Depression or PPD. Every day was a hardship at that point, and despite having so many blessings in my life, it was difficult to see past the mental fog I felt shrouded in.
Fiction was always my way to escape during my rough pregnancy, so I decided to entertain the idea of coming up with my own story. And when I did, I was amazed at how my mind ran away with itself! Before long, I was coming up with multiple characters, plots, and storylines, all within a matter of days! And in just one month, I had my first ever inspirational romance novel written!
My first story follows a curvy female heroine who’s sought healing for the past eight years in her small hometown, only to have her painful past dredged up again when her high school sweetheart shows up on her doorstep unexpectedly. It’s a story of love, loss, healing, and forgiveness. It will always hold a special place in my heart, no matter how many stories I write. You can read that story here.
But even though I wrote an entire full-length novel, I still had no clue what I was doing! The only thing I knew was that the writing process gave me something to look forward to. Something to give me hope and clarity during a really hard time in my life. And I also knew that one day I’d eventually like to publish it, but with so many different routes to take in that department, I didn’t know where to start.
After a lot of research and prayer, I decided to go forward with self-publishing. I found an amazing editor who not only edited my first works, but also gave me advice directly related to my genre and found the most wonderful, supportive community of mommy writers on Facebook. And I can’t forget the super sweet and creative bookstagrammers that have given my stories a chance. Their love and support have meant so much!
Though I’ve had a mostly positive experience so far in my indie author journey, I’ve realized that it’s not for the faint of heart. There are so many new things to learn, road bumps along the way, and plot twists that I didn’t see coming. But I’ve been blessed by this opportunity and hope to continue bringing my readers stories full of sweet romance, quirky characters and inspirational themes.
Thanks so much for sharing with us! I love that you took the hopelessness and isolation of 2020 and turned it into books that bring hope and inspiration!
I (Tara!) am going to give away a free ebook of choice from Dulcie’s catalog to a random commenter. Check out her books on Amazon and let me know which one you’d like to read most! Or – Dulcie will be hanging out in the comments, too – so if you have any questions for her, ask away!