I am every so slightly excited today... why you ask? Oh, alright I'll tell you. This arrived in the post this morning...
I've had short stories published in a couple of anthologies and had a paperback copy of the anthology sent to me, but this is MINE... all MINE! There's only my name on it and only my words inside.
I have to say, I didn't realise how much of an affect this would have on me. I mean, I knew they were coming, so it wasn't a complete surprise, but to pick up a book in my hand with my own name on it and nearly 250 pages of a story that has my heart and soul in it, was quite overwhelming.
Yes I did cry. In fact I'm surprised the picture turned out as well as it did, because I couldn't see while I was taking it.
So to all you budding authors out there. If anyone tells you, you can't do it, or you don't have the confidence to even start. That picture above is what it's all about and don't you let anyone deter you from your goal.