I realized, after looking through all my 2018 posts, that I never “officially” shared on the blog that I’m writing a book. #badblogger
So, yes, it’s actually happening. I could not be more thrilled or more terrified. At first it sounded so cool to share the deepest recesses of my heart and then I panicked. What if people hate it? What if *I* hate it? What if, what if, what if. I knew, deep down, that it’s what God wanted, so I did it anyway.
I have had an AMAZING team at Ave Maria Press, my publisher. Y’all, I know other authors gush about their publishers, but Ave is legit, legit. You’ll hear more about that whole back story soon. In the meantime, let’s get down to details, shall we?
When will it be published?
The publisher tells me early fall. The exact date hasn’t been established, but as soon as it is, you’ll be the first to know. Books take a long time to dream about, write, edit and publish – much longer than I ever imagined. We can’t all be Reece Witherspoon and knock them out in a few months. HA!
Is it written yet?
Yes! I’ve turned in the initial manuscript and received edits back from my editor. I sent those back to her in early January and next on the docket is copy edits. I’m grateful for the break!
When do pre-orders begin and where?
Those should begin soon-ish and when they do, again, you’ll be the first to know. I’m learning – as a new author – that pre-orders are important. #themoreyouknow They’ll be available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And, your Goodreads list will be important, too. I promise to let you know how you can help!
What’s been the coolest thing so far?
Well, there have been many, to be 100% truthful. So far, I think one of the neatest was as I was securing permission to use quotes in the book. One of my favorite musicians gave me permission to use his lyrics and then asked if I would send him a copy of the book. It totally took me by surprise.
Who did you write this book for?
Y-O-U. And the people you love. I grew up Protestant, so while I have a wonderful Catholic publisher making it happen, it isn’t just for Catholics (nor is it just for women). I have an eclectic group of friends and as I was writing I envisioned many of them sitting at my dining room table, listening. To be honest, I had some gracious friends who don’t affiliate with any particular religion or church read it and their feedback was invaluable. I tried, very hard, to make my book as welcoming as my real-life home is. That was very important to me.
What does the cover look like?
I don’t know, yet. But boy, y’all. I have been in contact with the Creative Director and to say I am tha-rilled with the concept direction is a massive understatement. My Texan graphic designer heart is doing cartwheels. I’m pretty sure we’re all going to love it.
Who’s writing the foreword?
That’s still under wraps, but let’s just say it’s the person I hoped and prayed for all along. I’m crazy excited and beyond honored this fabulous person said YES.
Is there a book tour in the works?
There ABSOLUTELY is. A few cities I’ve toyed around with in Texas include Austin (of course), Dallas, Houston, College Station, San Antonio and Amarillo. Outside Texas, I’m considering New Orleans, LA; Fairhope, AL; Athens, GA; Carmel, IN; Cincinatti, OH; Peoria, IL and Washington, D.C./Fairfax, VA. If you have a parish (or a suggestion) that wants me to head your way, leave it in the comments.
What is the title?
Y’all ready? Because I love it.
Live Big, Love Bigger
Getting Real with BBQ, Sweet Tea and a Whole Lotta Jesus
Okay, enough chit-chat for this Wednesday. I hope that answers some questions and gets you excited about what’s to come. It sure will be fun to see what God does with it. Thank YOU for being such a supportive and loyal group of readers. Y’all really are the best.