“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ― Bob Hope
First, this is a reiteration of a letter that went out to my mailing list this morning along with a small holiday gift. So, if you’re essentially seeing it twice, I apologize. However, I thought the message was important enough that I share it in all the places. 🙂
I really LOVE this time of year!
Despite the fact that we’re TEN days away from Christmas and if I don’t get on the ball I’m going to have some sorely disappointed family members, there’s just something about the hustle that gets me. It does help that my kids only asked for Rubix Cubes this year. 🙂
But that’s not why I’m writing. As I close out the year and get ready to go into all-out- do- all-the-things- holiday-mode I want to make sure to thank you for your incredible support this year.
This community has been so good to me over the past couple of years.
Having the opportunity to write for you every day is amazing.
I take it seriously and I’m deeply appreciative for your support.
There was a time, (heck, there are still times) when a well-intentioned friend or loved one has said to me: “Britney, if you’re going to succeed as an author you’re going to have to do ____.” And of course, there’s my personal favorite: “Why don’t you just write books people actually want to read?”
It sounds harsh, but their intentions were good. What they meant to say is why don’t I just write to market. In fact, just last night my husband told me he’d done some research and I need to start putting buff shirtless men on my covers. No, I said. There’s nothing wrong with shirtless men (nothing at all) except for one thing, and that thing is: it’s not me.
I’m stubborn (probably too stubborn) but I feel called to write the stories I write. Maybe I’m wrong. But I believe:
1. Perception is EVERYTHING.
2. You get to want what you want.
3. Grace is another form of love.
And above all else, fiction or not, these have always been the underlying messages in my work.
Which is why every day, I wake up and ask myself how I can do better. I ask how I can ‘write stories people actually want to read’ while staying true to who I am.
And over the last year, you have shown me with your kind notes, and your reviews, and your support that I am getting there.
So, thank you for wanting to read the kind of books I want to write.
On behalf of my family and I, thank you for your support.
Wishing you and your family happy holiday season,