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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Feeling Introverted: One Writer's Journey

So many wonderful and exciting things are happening in my life right now. So much so that every day I wake up and think, "Wow is this real or was it all a dream?"

The one thing I want to make sure I do while all of this is going on, is acknowledge the people in my life that are making it possible for my dreams coming true...or at the very least they are on the cusp. Not a bad place to be...lol...

James Weil, author of Swiss Chocolate decided to become my editor after reading an excerpt of the first chapter of I AM WOLF. He pushed me to keep going and finish the bones of the novel then took it and made it bloody. He taught me a lot about how to make sure things flow right and about grammar. Oh and yes, I'm still learning about the grammar. It's been a long time since college and even longer since high school. he he he...and no I won't say how long...lol.

While the book was being polished, he talked his own agent into signing me on spec. That basically means she read the first chapter or so and said yes. I want to thank Chamein Canton and James Weil for having such faith in me.

As most of you know, The Eclectic Artist Cave went live on the air on January 15th via blog talk radio. The shows premise was simple. I wanted to be able to give something back to those who had helped me so much.  I started the show to give writers a chance to showcase their work. Tami Snow was my first guest. She was gracious and came on as my first guest to make sure I knew what I was doing. The truth is that first day, I didn't have a clue. Most days I feel like I still don't have a clue. Each show is different and I get butterflies every time because I want to make sure I do a good job representing them and want them to have a good time. I know that sentence is a little long but it is how I feel.

In the middle of all this, I was introduced to Brian Byers (Thank you Tami),  who in his own words, is an all around renaissance man. He announced on his show Ghostology that his company, Dark Sun Productions (Brian is a partner of Dark Sun Productions)  is interested in the first time options for I AM WOLF. That means Dark Sun Productions wants to make it into a movie!! How cool is that? I'm now a part of FATE Radio L.L.C. That basically means I'm on two stations. That's a huge deal for me because it means the writers who come on will have a larger audience and will be able to REALLY get the word out about my friends novels!!

The coolest thing I've learned about Fate Radio is they are such an awesome team to work with. I have been welcomed with open arms. To give back to all those at FATE who have already been so fun to be around, each week I'm going to do a post about the different shows that are available. There are also going to be some new links added and an available listing to the shows with a who, what, when and where. If you're interested in a show, you'll know where to go. All of this is going to take some time to put together. Please bare with me while I add a little craziness to The Eclectic Artist Cave blog.

All of this is so exciting for me, but none of it could have been made possible without all those who believed in me from the start. My fiance' John Buchanan and my sister Chantell Hamann-Alarcon were my very first supporters. They never waivered in their faith in me and joined me from the very beginning of this journey. The one thing I will always take from the is never give up. EVER. Things can happen if you work hard enough and are willing to learn from those around you. They can happen if you believe. Remember everything happens for a reason, follow your heart and stay true to who you are. I feel like that is the best advice I can ever give. huge hugs to all of you and Thank you all sooo much!!

2 comments:

Abigail-Madison Chase said...

Congrats success is your destiny

Joann Hamann-Buchanan said...

Thank you sooo much Abigail...huge hugs. That means a lot coming from you because I have tons of respect for all the work you do and your writing. Anyone reading this should check out Always Abigail...it's in my blog list...hugs again.

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