Tuesday, December 31, 2013

End of 2013

I guess this is my official love letter or kiss off to 2013. Maybe a little of both. I have no desire to go out and bring in the New Year with drunken mayhem. I need a little R&R as it's been a stressful past two months.

And what a year it's been This has truly been a transitional period for me - a fork in the road. After eleven years working under the security blanket of a corporate job, I took a huge risk at pursuing happiness. After all, that's in the Constitution, right? It's not guaranteed, but I have a right to it. So I'm pursuing. No one said this is an easy road either, but I have no regrets. This is exactly where I'm meant to be. I'm not sure what lies ahead in 2014 or beyond, but all I can do is take it day by day, and hope that every story I weave together has a piece of something readers will fall in love with. 

So 2013 will be the year of Seven. It might not be the only set of books I publish (we'll see about that), but this is my main project. Side projects will start to come together mid year. Be still my beating heart, because there are some really great characters in this series I'm so excited to share with you.

My New Year's resolutions are quite simple: Get fit, buy a sofa, take a vacation. My New Year's wish has a lot to do with some struggles my family is going through all around, and I hope things work out for the best for everyone.

I wish the same for you, dear reader. You who have sent me words of encouragement and told me all about the butterflies in your stomach when you read a line by one of your favorite characters. Self-publishing is an impossibly difficult and time-consuming job. But had it not been available, I would still be at work, complaining to my coworker about how it's too cold in the office and that my hand was hurting from clicking my mouse so many times. I'd be writing and filling my laptop with stories that no big publisher would touch. Not because the stories aren't good, but because the publishers don't have a clue what it is that you want to read. Sometimes you might not either until you take a chance on an inexpensive book.

Continue that trend in 2014. I hope to see your face for all my future projects, but keep seeking out new and undiscovered authors. It's going to be an even tougher market for indies to break into, so it's up to you to not only find those gems, but to help spread the word. You will help their work flourish. So be vocal, post reviews, recommend books, and keep reading.

Keep discovering. And be excited every time you look at those fantastic two words that make your toes curl just a little bit. You know the ones....

Chapter One.


  1. I am glad you decided to make a change in your life. I didn't know the significance of what 'indie' meant until you mentioned you were an indie writer. Now, I try to make an effort to find new authors who are taking this route and help spread word. I wish you and your family strength to tackle whatever comes your way in the next year.

  2. I love Indie Authors. I think I have read more Indies than anything else in the past two years. And I absolutely LOVED Seven and I can't wait to read more of the series. Thank you so much for your wonderful work! I hope you get everything you wish for in 2014 for yourself and your family. :)

  3. You are a great story teller. Here I am trying to clean my place, finally feeling better from a week long bug and I start the Seven Years series....I havent been able to break away from it. I look forward to reading every story you write. Happy New Year Dannika!

  4. Love your style of writing and happy I found you. Would love more books but you and your family need to come first. Hope the best works out for all involved and I really hope it doesn't hinder your creative sarcastic magical spirit. You have a very special gift and I admire your Indies choice. Which ever way you choose to go know I'll continue to watch for your books and support you in every way I can. Your an amazing light "Shine" on.