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This March I’ll have been officially published for three years. My first book released March 1st of 2013 and I really honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. There have been ups and downs, as is expected, but I never knew how much work it would be or just how much I would enjoy the work I was doing.
Writing has always been a stress reliever for me. And because of that I never wanted it to become a career. I have a full-time job that I love and adore, so it never occurred to me to write full-time, at least not until I retire from ministry. Beyond being a stress reliever, writing is also an extra source of income for me and my family. Which is always amazing to have, right?
I never imaged what world I was entering when I signed that contract way back in October of 2012 or when I received that email from a publisher the August prior to it. It was scary then, and yeah, I’m a bit more comfortable with certain aspects now but it’s still a scary world.
Every time I release a book or a short story or anything, I’m wondering if people are going to love it or hate it. I really honestly never know for sure. I can’t anticipate it. On one level it doesn’t matter, this isn’t my full-time job and I write for fun with the added benefit of earning income. On the other hand, I do really care. Without people enjoying the stories to any extent, then what’s the point of putting it out there at all? I could just write and keep it to myself.
Publishing is an adventure. There are always new things to try when releasing a book, new people to meet, new ways to go about promotion and writing and editing. The world has opened massively in this regard in the last twenty years and I can see it changing just as rapidly now as ever. It’s hard to keep up. But is the point to keep up or is the point to enjoy and stay on the ride for however long it’s going to take us?
Yeah, this is a bit of a long rolling post with thinking about where I was to where I am. I’ve learned so much. I’m not even sure I can begin to put into words how much I’ve learned or how much I have yet to learn. I will never claim to know everything. I look back on my first book and there are things about it that make me cringe. Yet at the same time, that book is what opened this wonderful universe to me, allowed me to experience the publishing industry, allowed me to see my dream become reality.
There’s nothing I would do to change it.
~Adrian J Smith
Title: Forever Burn
Author: Adrian J. Smith
Publisher: Supposed Crimes
Publication Date: 03/01/2013
Cover Artist: Heidi DeCausemaker
Genre: Action/Adventure, Lesbian, Urban Fantasy
Firefighters are trained to keep calm in the face of extraordinary events, but James was never prepared for this.
Saving people is a regular practice in a firefighter’s line of work; it is not something extraordinary or unusual. Just routine. James has been trained to respond to emergency calls and what to do in difficult situations. For James, the most important part of her work is that she knows how to run into a burning building to save a life.
She is a firefighter not for the glory and not for the honor. She is there to make a difference. Working hard has always been a common practice for James, but when her secret significant other is pressuring her to solidify their relationship, tensions start to rise. James is being pushed into turning her life upside down and inside out. She can’t stop disturbing dreams about a little girl she saved from a house fire years prior. She struggles to find balance through the pressures and stressors of her daily life, but she still can’t shake the ill-fated feeling that something is wrong.
About Adrian J SmithAdrian J. Smith, or AJ as she is often called, has a generous and soft heart. She loves to rescue stray cats and dogs, as well as those who just escape. Her hoard of animals currently includes two cats, a dog and a fish, but no children as of yet. She’s passionate about LGBT et al rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.
AJ loves to read and write lesbian fiction, simply for the fact that strong women make her swoon and when two are involved her knees turn to jelly and she falls head over heels in love. AJ travels around the United States, and sometimes the world, gathering up stories for her novels. Currently, she lives in the middle of nowhere of the middle of nowhere and is rather difficult to find except on the internet, where she spends a lot of her time.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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