Friday, December 10, 2021

Storyteller's Journey

A Magical Ride!

As I reflect on the journey I've taken as a independently published author, it occurs to me that it's been a magical ride, not unlike the ride Santa Swanson took with his two flying polar bears in my debut book, The Scandinavian Santa.

(This image was painted by fine artist, Michael Lindstrom.)

While I still hope to gain traditional publication with one of my creations, it's been an unexpected and positive experience meeting so many wonderful writers, artists, readers, bookshop owners, teachers, and librarians. Some of them, I'd have never met had not I pursued the independent route of publishing. In addition to gaining new friends, my passion for writing literally led me to moving to a rural home that more represents my need for nature - which is one of the strongest sources of inspiration for my stories. We all make plans, but life always leads the way. Clearly, my path led me to taking more control of the reins with regard to my writing career. For right now, that suits me just fine.

Hope you and your family have the happiest of holiday seasons!