Taking the leap

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nothing is impossible,

the very word itself says I’m possible

 

I don’t proclaim to be a diehard fan of Audrey Hepburn. She represents a time that resonates little with me, but the quote coined by one of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses is one of my favourites, one I use often. You see, if someone had said to me two years ago – when I first started writing – ‘in two years time, you’ll have self-published eight full-length novels and have attended four author events and signings’, I probably would have laughed in their face.

Me, an author?

Never.

Impossible.

And yet, here I am.

The other weekend, I attended my fourth author event in the beautiful city of Leeds, and it was the first event I have felt entirely comfortable with my identity as an author. Last year, I was still testing the waters. I knew I’d found ‘the thing I wanted to do’ with my life, but, if I’m being one-hundred percent honest with myself, I didn’t know if I could really make it work. Sure, I could keep writing books … but could I turn my new found hobby into a viable career?

In April 2015, I took a risk and gave up my small part-time job. Almost a year later,  I am finally beginning to feel like I am running a ‘small business’. And, during the signing, networking with other authors, chatting with readers and bloggers, I realised that if I hadn’t of taken the leap and published my debut novel, Fate’s Love, I wouldn’t be here now.

I don’t claim to sell hundreds of books a month, nor am I making millions, but I am doing something I love and generating income. I have a lot to learn, of course. The market is ever changing and it is somewhat exhausting keeping up with things, but who said chasing your dreams was easy?

So my advice for anyone out there with an idea or a dream, go for it. If you don’t, you’ll always be asking yourself ‘what if?’ … and if you go for it and it doesn’t work out, then at least you can say you tried.