Did you sing that line? I know I did. What a way to make a living…
Have you even wondered what a full-time author’s world looks like?
Let’s just say it’s different than someone who can put in their hours and walk away without thinking about their job 24/7. I’m not like that. I have trouble tucking my work away because I have annoying characters who just HAVE to tell their story, even when I’m washing dishes or doing laundry. Book deadlines have often lead me to many late nights and some overnights. When I’m nearing The End, I’ve been known to go on very little sleep. And these days it’s not all about writing, either. Publishers expect authors to market their own books and stay in the public light. That means keeping up with social media (which I have to admit is my favorite part—I love interacting on Facebook and Twitter) and writing blogs, as well as participating in Facebook parties and other marketing avenues.
So my writing day is not 9 to 5. Getting my brand (yeah, that would be me) and my books in front of readers is like a second job.
But most of all, the writing process itself never leaves me. Even if I’m not in front of my computer, I’m thinking about that hole in my plot, or developing characters for my next novel. My brain Never. Shuts. Down. I even dream about my books. When I’m on vacation, I’m scouting settings and people-watching.
I work during holiday weeks and, as I am right now, knocked-down, dragged-out with the nastiest flu virus I’ve had in a while. But I have a blog post to write, so here I am—although not even close to bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. <<sneezes>>
Some days I want to throw up my hands and go put in an application at Taco Bell. Work my eight hours and go home with nothing on my mind, not thinking about work at all.
I’m kidding. I recognize and am grateful for the blessings God has given me in my writing and in those who read my books. I hope I am faithful to His gifts. Even if I work nights, weekends and holidays. (And speaking of holidays—Happy New Year!!!)
What gifts has God given you? Are you using them to fill the world with Christ’s love?
Deb Kastner’s next book, The Doctor’s Texas Baby, will be on the shelves January 20th.
A Surprise Daddy
When Carolina Mason shows up in Haven, Texas, after a three-year absence, no one is more surprised than town veterinarian Wyatt Harrow. Especially when he sees Carolina’s two-year-old son, Matty. Their son. How could she have kept his child a secret? Carolina doesn’t deny the boy is his. She thought she was doing what was best for everyone when she left, but she realizes she was wrong. Though Wyatt is eager to make up for lost time with Matty, Carolina’s not so sure that extends to her. Can these former sweethearts navigate their complicated past to make a family for their son?