Tristan & Emily 2018

Hello my lovelies,

It’s been a while since I’ve written any updates on here and so I know this post is long overdue, but here I am writing to you. Three years ago I published the last volume of Drawn to You – it feels like a lifetime ago – and I loved the story I wrote. That is I loved it until I started letting doubt creep in.

For the first few years after I released the third volume, I debated whether finishing this story was the right move. I thought I could walk away from it. In a way, I needed to because just thinking about it was painful. After reading several critical reviews (stupid on my part), I started to feel that the story wasn’t as good as Bound to You, which at the time was my gold standard for my writing. Side note: Team Nicholas and Team Tristan are pretty competitive. I started to doubt the characters I wrote. How could I continue a story I didn’t believe in? That questioned plagued me every time someone brought up wanting to read more about Tristan and Emily. For a while, I avoided these kinds of comments & questions.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized I’ve been letting the wrong voices in my head (yes, I know that sounds a little crazy. Lol). Instead of letting my characters speak, I let doubt do all the talking. It’s great to get feedback and use that to strengthen your writing. Sadly that’s not what I did. What I did was let other people’s opinions suppress my writing. In fact I’ve let it happen for a little too long and I’ve lost readers over it, sadly.

But I’m not writing this post to dwell in the past. I’m writing this to say that I’m getting myself together. And whether the world love or hates these characters, whether thousands of people read the next volume or just a handful, it’s coming.

I’m currently writing a second draft of Volume 4. I’m hoping to have ARCs to give out at my next signing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/259067804824161/. I hope to see some of you there. Let’s catch up.

Xx,
Vanessa

 

 

 

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