Coming Out of Hibernation

by Stephanie on March 7, 2013

It’s been a long time, shouldn’t have left you…

So yes, I realize I’ve been MIA for a minute. About a year to be exact. As 2011 drew to a close, I found my life had been completely taken over by other people’s projects. I was editing nonstop and helping others launch their books, but I wasn’t doing nearly enough to take care of myself. And straight up — I burned the hell out. I like to think I have Superwoman powers and can do it all without breaking a sweat, but in reality, I am just a girl with good intentions and very real human limitations. I literally reached the end of my rope.

After the hustle heavy 2010 (The Year of TPC) and an exhausting 2011 (The Year of the Other), I was ready to anoint 2012 the Year of ME. And that’s exactly what I did. I took an editing sabbatical and turned away paying clients so I could work on my own novel. I withdrew from the time suck that is social media. I informed my partners that I was on hiatus from TPC business, and that they were going to need to promote and market ONE BLOOD without my assistance. I also scaled way back on my personal commitments and obligations, in an attempt to slow things down and bring my life back into balance. These are all things I felt I needed to do in order to find my joy again. It had gotten to a point where I couldn’t enjoy any of the success that I, my clients, or TPC were achieving because I was just too damn tired.

I think you’ll agree, that’s no way to live.

So in 2012, I dramatically reordered my priorities. Fun and leisure were back at the top of my list, and anything that even remotely felt like an “obligation” was relegated to the back burner. I started writing again, and got ⅔ of the way through my new novel, THE SPACE BETWEEN, which I hope to complete in the next couple of months. This has been such a fun novel for me to write, as I’d missed my characters, and truly delight in the random journeys they take me on.

The absolute highlight of 2012 was the trip I took to Europe. A large portion of this new novel is set in Europe, and I felt it was my duty, in order to write authentically about this setting, for me to actually travel there for research. So in September 2012, that’s exactly what I did — jetted off to Europe solo diva style for 11 days of adventure. It was an incredible experience, and my novel is so much better because of it.

The most surprising thing to me about 2012 is that even though I spent very little time promoting WHEN LOVE ISN’T ENOUGH (or myself for that matter), folks were still finding, buying and reading my book. A week doesn’t go by that I don’t receive some really sweet note from a fan, or another glowing review on amazon. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to read my book and for their patience in waiting for this long-awaited sequel. But it’s coming, and for fans of these characters, I truly believe it will be worth the wait. :)

Expect to hear a lot more from me in 2013… I’m baaaack!

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