Today is a very special day for me. I just came home from work—my day job as a psychologist—for the very last time. Tomorrow, my new life as a full-time writer begins. Even now that I type this, I almost can’t believe it.
But as exciting and great as this is for me, I don’t want to make this blog post about me. I want to make it about the incredible people who supported me, encouraged me, and were part of fulfilling my big dream.
First and foremost, I want to thank my friends and my sister. When I told them I want to give up my day job to write full time, they never once told me I’m crazy. In fact, they encouraged me to make that decision at a time when I was hesitant to believe it would be possible. When that lingering fear—what if it doesn’t work out?—held me back, they urged me to believe in myself and take a leap of faith.
I also want to thank my readers. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible. The amount of support I got was amazing. Since I first announced my decision to give up my day job by the end of the year, I got so many encouraging e-mails from readers and fellow authors. For the last two weeks, not a day went by that I didn’t get an e-mail or a Facebook message wishing me “good luck” and applauding my decision.
So, this is a heart-felt thank-you from a very grateful full-time writer.
As a small thank-you gesture, my publisher and I are giving away my mini collection of short stories Love Beneath the Christmas Tree for free from now until tomorrow (Sunday, December 22, midnight PST) on Smashwords. It’s available as an epub, mobi, and pdf. To get the e-book for free, head over to Smashwords and enter the code ED56A prior to completing checkout.
Happy holidays and may the year 2014 be a happy and healthy one for you!