Hmmmm, let’s see. I could say the day I received my first contract. Or I could say signing three contracts in the same year. But really, those were just highlight moments for me in this business.
I guess you could say I felt like a true author when people I didn’t know started recognizing my books and talking about them in front of me to a fellow author, who of course introduced them to me immediately.
For me, slaving over a computer, pounding out the words to a story, getting the story contracted, then published out into the world, is all pretty amazing stuff. But I always just feel like that ordinary person who gets up each day, hangs out on facebook a bit, gets the grandchildren off to school, clean house, go to work, sit down and write more stories. Then to have people you’ve never met either come up to you, email you, or facebook you and talk about how much they enjoyed your works, it really puts a twist on this every day woman’s life. I call this time my fifteen minutes of fame J
Name three authors who inspire you.
Of course every author loves to hear someone else talk about their books J I think my very first time will always be something I will remember. I was at a First Friday event and on the table with a collection of the different authors’ books I had placed some of my postcards with my book cover on them. As we were meeting and greeting different people as they walked by, a couple of ladies were walking through, seen my postcards, and stopped. They started talking to an author friend of mine, who said something along the lines of, “This right here is J.J. Devine.”
They went on and on about how much their mother loved The Cheyenne Bride and of course this made me feel fabulous J It was just so cool to have people recognize my cover and even though they hadn’t read it, they knew all about it J I’m hopeful that they went home and picked up a copy J