Lately, I have been reflecting on how far I have come in life. Although I am relatively young and still have much more ahead of me (hopefully), I have been thinking about my achievements thus far. One in particular stands out to me.
Last month, my first novel ‘Through It All’ was published as an eBook. It took me ten years to get my book published and I must say that I certainly learned quite a lot in the process. What I learned most of all was patience. Lots and lots of patience.
Through all the rejections from agents and publishers, I was tempted to give up on a few occasions. And then self-doubt crept in along the way. Who would want to publish or read a story about a girl living in a small Caribbean island, written by a girl living in a small Caribbean island? Is my writing good enough? Do I have to migrate to the USA or England to get any traction in the publishing world? Thoughts like these often de-energized me and caused me to lose my motivation while I attempted to get my novel published.
When I found out that it was actually going to be published this year I did not really believe it. I had gotten my hopes up so many times before, that I did not want to set myself up for further disappointment. But it actually happened! After ten years… And now I am finally an author.
I am so very grateful. It was a long wait but I believe it was worth it.
The University of the West Indies is now using my novel ‘Through It All’ in the Caribbean Civilisation course. This would have to be my most significant accomplishment to date. I am ever so happy and appreciative.
I would like to thank the U.W.I. for selecting my book for use in its course, particularly as a graduate of the U.W.I. myself. God, my mother, my wonderful agent, my supportive family and friends all deserve a big thank you as well. I would not be where I am today without them.
And of course, my new readers! To you, I say welcome and thank you very much for having read my book. Or if you are yet to read it, I thank you in advance. Some of you have already contacted me via social media and I am very grateful for your positive feedback. I am amazed by the degree of passion and love expressed. It is heartwarming and certainly motivating.
During my recent trip to Barbados, I met one fan of my novel at the U.W.I. Cavehill campus. She dubbed herself my ‘biggest fan’ and that made my day. Shout-out to Shannon! I am very happy that you enjoyed my book that much.
I wish all of you U.W.I. students the very best with the Caribbean Civilisation course and the remainder of the semester. Should you wish to contact me, I can be reached via Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.
Exciting times ahead! Thanks for reading.