Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Some pretty big news

Now that it's official, I may as well clue you guys in.

Today, I turned in my resignation at work.

It was a long time coming. They were actually positioning me for a promotion, but for detailed reasons that I would rather not elaborate on in bleeding-ear detail, corporate life is not for me. I served my eleven years, and learned a lot working for one of the most brand-name recognizable companies in the world. The job came with quite a bit of stress, and many years were rewarding. I discovered just how capable I am. How I could handle escalated situations, resolve technical issues, write procedural material, train, mentor, become the department subject matter expert, lead a team, etc. I became one of those valued employees in the department, recognized by directors, project leads, and leadership for my role in major projects within the company. And I started in the file room, a girl in a pair of tall, leather boots who ended up with cuts and bruises all over her arms as I merged thousands of files into filing cabinets.

Hey, you have to start somewhere.

I also learned that I wasn't happy. As great as I was at all those things, it didn't fulfill me. Writing did, so I kept at it. It's something I've been doing since I first shoved my writing desk into my closet at age 12 and made a make-shift office. Since I was 16 and got a typewriter for my birthday and declared in front of everyone that I was going to write a book someday. It's something I've been doing through my adult life and been able to incorporate even into my career. I've maintained a low profile (no pictures) because I did not want to risk jeopardizing my job for something I love.

Last year was pretty rough for me, and I've reached a point where I'm ready to move on. Actually stepping off the cliff and publishing my novels became the reason this is even possible.

What that means is: I'm going to be a full-time writer.

For now. We'll see how things are going in a year, but I hope with your support, that I can actually do what I love doing, and in turn, give you more stories. My options are wide open, no matter where life takes me. I told a friend of mine today that it felt good to take control of my life instead of being controlled by it.My family supports me, and it feels good to be following a different path in life where I can't see what lies ahead.

An inner peace has settled within me that I haven't felt in a long time. This was the right move. I'm still serving out my last weeks and working diligently to ensure my project is in capable hands when I transition a replacement into my role.

This means more writing time. I can tackle some of the side projects and write new ones that I've been stuffing in a box for lack of time. I also won't be working up to 19 hours a day and will reclaim some of my life back. Things will be tight for a while as I figure everything out, but I'd like to express my thanks to each of you for giving me the encouragement and moral support I've needed, even if you didn't know it.

I feel a bit like Silver at the end of Twist:

The bristles of his short hair made a scratching sound as he rubbed a hand across it. “Teach me what the colors mean. What is your mood?”

A deep shade of violet bled through the darkness, and I peered into the reflective band and saw that time stretched before me like an infinite road of possibility.

I lifted my chin and smiled.



  1. You can do it! And us fans will be with you every step of the way! Keep believing in yourself and your dreams..

  2. I have the utmost faith in you and your abilities and your writing :-) <3

  3. That's amazing! Keep on writing girl! Love your books!

  4. That's amazing! Love your books and can't wait to read many more in the future. Enjoy de-stressing from work. :-)

  5. It has been a truly amazing journey and I wish you all the continued success in you new path. It will be a pleasure to follow your expanded writing career. You deserve a great deal of praise for your choices and good luck. We all wish you the very best and we will be there through thick and thin to promote and support you. Great news for your fans and hopefully even better news for you. Congrats to a great person and author.

  6. Congratulations! Now you get let your soul breathe!

  7. Good for you Dannika! So glad that you took that leap and will be doing what you truly love.

  8. Congrats! We're all behind you on this decision and looking forward to your future books!

  9. That is great. I'm very thrilled to read this. All the best to you!

  10. I am SO thrilled for you! Congrats on stepping into your Life. You'll be good -- you already are!

  11. I totally understand you. I also decided to resign to my job of 17 years and move from Puerto Rico to California. Its been a bumpy ride with its ups and downs, but its been worth every second. I have been able to meet new people and new cultures. And so will you. Only you know when is the right moment and I guess its now. Obstacles should serve their purpose, and its to make you stronger. Never feel defeated because its in those moments when you will take the moment to analyze what decisions to make. Errors serve as lessons, and we should learn from them, no good comes easily and the ones we fight for the most are the most treasured in life. I wish you all the best in your new journey and I wait to read many more stories from your talented hands. God bless you always.

  12. Thank you, everyone, for the wonderful comments and support <3 Life is a journey, and I'd rather focus on the journey and not the destination.

  13. Congrats :)
    Cannot wait for more of your books so this excites me even more to know you are writing full time.
    Yeah, I'm selfish but I need my Dannika Dark fix. :)