BreakthroughsFiled under: Writer's thoughts — michelle sodaro @ 4:53 pm Edit This
Tags: breatkthroughs, Dear Teaching, Driven West, Shades of Blue, Tommy's Moving Day
Last year, I had a couple of breakthroughs…I hit double digits with my books out. This was with Driven West, my first attempt at a mystery. From it, I learned what to do with my next mystery. I also learned that I finally felt like a grown-up author. Double digits…that’s a big deal.
My next breakthrough was the monstrosity that was Dear Teaching: I want a Divorce. P.S. It’s you, not Me. This was my first swim in non-fiction waters, which is a breakthrough, of course…but given the subject matter, was hardly the biggest breakthrough. This book was my hardest book to write yet, and it took longer for me to get out than planned. There was a lot of baggage and boxes to go through. Teaching introduced me to people I would never have met otherwise, but also was an emotional journey I had mostly dealt with by shoving things in boxes. Huge Breakthrough.
Another breakthrough was entering into the realm of Children’s books. Two amazing friends and I decided to create TOMMY. His first book Tommy’s Moving Day opened up a whole new world for the three of us, and there is not a part of me that doesn’t absolutely love that little bat.
My final breakthrough as an author was Shades of Blue. My first book of poetry. This book has been a part of my “I need to get this out” for over a decade. It very well could have been my first book out…but everything happens in the time it is meant to, and I was finally ready to let go of my poems and share them with the world.
I also had a breakthrough that I was healed from past pains, but that is another post for another day.