I’m not sure who started #TBTs (Throwback Thursdays), but I do find them to be a lot of fun. Especially when we get to revisit old photos from the past and see all the different hairstyles and clothing that used to be in fashion. It’s both a cringe-worthy and nostalgic experience! LOL
Since today is Thursday, I thought it’d be a good opportunity to do a #TBT post about my author journey. I believe it’s important to look back once in a while and see how far we’ve come in our lives, whether it’s professionally or personally. So, here’s a quick timeline of the CCR books I’ve self-published since I began writing in 2013.
2014: My very first Christian romance, book 1 in my Taking Chances series.
2015: Book 2 in the Taking Chances series.
2016: Book 3 in the Taking Chances series. All three novellas in this series have gone through title, cover, and editing “makeovers” since their releases (after I learned how to write and market books better). Released book 1 in my Tropical Kisses series.
2017: Book 2 in my Tropical Kisses series.
2018: Books 1, 2, and 3 in my Spark Brothers series.
2019: Books 4 and 5 in the Spark Brothers series. Released a book in the multi-author Lawkeepers series.
2020: Joined the Heroes of Freedom Ridge multi-author series with one book.
2021: Released books 1 and 2 in my Fab Forties series. Will release another book in the Freedom Ridge series.
Along with several clean romance books that I’ve written over the past 7 years, including one with my hubby(!), I’ve released a little over 30 books! Whoa! That’s way more than I ever imagined writing. What’s more amazing is that I managed to feed, clothe, chauffeur, and keep my family alive during this time, too! LOL
But more than the number of books, there are many other things I haven’t been able to track over the course of this journey. The amount of time I spent learning how to write better (while pulling out my hair LOL), taking courses on Facebook, Amazon, and BookBub ads, connecting with fellow indie authors online, joining multi-author box sets, writing author newsletters, establishing friendships with readers, and praying for inspiration. These are the intangible parts of being an author—the tears, sweat, and smiles that have been such an important part of my journey that I wish I could capture better.
It’s the same with #TBT photos. We can tell a lot from a picture, but we don’t get the full picture (pun intended LOL). I still appreciate Throwback Thursdays, though, because they help us pause and remember how far we’ve come. All of the lessons we learned, the prayers that were answered, and the growth that we experienced are what make us who we are today.
What do you think about Throwback Thursdays? Is there a particular lesson you learned or a prayer that was answered from a previous time that you’d like to mention? Please share in the comments below!