So I’ve thought a lot about what to write in this blog today. Mostly because my brain is dead and I have no idea what to put down. It’s the holidays and I have a release on December 23rd and another manuscript due in mere weeks so I thought I would talk a little bit about what this year has meant to me.
Wow. I started the year as an aspiring author. I released three books in 2010. I released nine as Sophie Oak in 2011. What a year. This is a rough business especially if you don’t figure out what really matters. I was lucky enough to do that this year. I met or talked to some incredible people who put things in perspective for me.
Don’t get me wrong. This is my livelihood. I put my kids through school with this money. I pay my mortgage with what I make. The money is important – but any paycheck could do that. Writing is a little different. We get to feed our souls even as we feed our children. Back in November of 2010 Leslie Richardson asked me a question in an internet radio interview. She asked me what was the best thing about writing. I told her that it was getting to know the characters – but I would change the answer today. I know what the best thing about writing is – making connections to a world beyond my own. When someone writes to you and tells you that you made their world better, you understand the true power of your words. I don’t claim to fix problems or enlighten people. But I am comfort food and there is a need for that. When I’m sad or worried, I have books I turn to. Not because the show me the way, but because I love the worlds they take me to. To be that writer for even a few people makes it all worthwhile.
So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Happy Holidays to everyone. And especially to the readers who make my life worthwhile.
Sophie Oak writes ménage romance for Siren Publishing. Her latest book – Found in Bliss – is coming out on December 23rd.
And join her for the 12 Days of Blissmas at www.sophieoak.com!