And So The Adventure Begins

The print release of Frontline Angel is only a week away and I have to admit I’m full of emotion right now.  It might seem silly to say but I can almost compare it to the way I felt when I was at the end of 40 weeks of pregnancy and about to meet my new little boy.

That nine months of growing a human life were nine of the most emotional, amazing, scary, exciting, anxiety provoking and at times downright uncomfortable months.

Now I’m faced with the fact that it has to come to an end.

All the hopes and dreams I’ve had about being a mother are about to dramatically (and painfully) enter this world.

The perfect little being that I’ve imagined can no longer be protected and sheltered inside the warm, little cave I’ve been providing.

I know there will be many trials and tribulations to face in his life and there’s really little I can do to stop it.

Even though my love is so intense for this little man that it brings me to tear, I have to be realistic and admit that everyone will not love him as much as I do—even worse, some may not like him at all.

My heart breaks at that thought but I know I have to learn to deal with it somehow.

Researching, writing and dreaming about Eliza, Reese and all the other characters of Frontline Angel has been a part of me for so long—warm, safe and protected.  I’m very excited to show them off to the world but also terrified of the difficult journey I know we all have ahead of us.

In the words of Elizabeth Stone, “Making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  And apparently it’s not so different when you release your first novel out into the world

My ‘Hearts’ out in this big world

2 thoughts on “And So The Adventure Begins”

  1. Hi Genevieve,
    I understand your metaphor. I also recently published my first novel. I also appreciated your comments about cover design. I worked on a cover for a long time. It was in planning some marketing for my book, that I found yours. I have purchased and read your novel. Congratulations on a skilled and engaging piece of writing. What captured my attention on Twitter was both the historical focus and the similarities between our novels. One of my characters is also a young Wisconsin girl who decides to join up as an Army nurse after the Pearl Harbor attack. She is one of five lead female characters who experience the early months of the war on the homefront. I’m currently working on a sequel. I put a link to your book on my Web page and also reviewed it on Goodreads since I have friends and acquaintances that I know will be interested in the subject matter. I’m new to the book publishing business and am just getting schooled up on the resources of marketing on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. You, clearly, have done a great job with your Web page and marketing efforts. If you are interested in my book given your nursing background and I am assuming WI connections, you can find it on Amazon. It’s available both in paperback and as an ebook. The title is The Decoration Day Committee. I am a WI native, but my background is more in teaching. The nursing character in my book is somewhat modeled after an aunt. If you read my novel, I would love to hear your impressions. I will look forward to your next novel. Happy holidays to you and your lovely family.

    1. Kay-Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging words. I look forward to reading your work as well. It sounds like something I will really enjoy and it is pretty neat that our heroines come from similar backgrounds. The marketing and publishing world is much more complex than I ever imagined and every day I learn something new. It’s been great networking with so many other authors and reviewers. Happy holidays to you as well.

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