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Monday, September 7, 2009

Have You Captured Your Dream?

Do you remember your answer when asked as a kid what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well I had two answers to that question—I wanted to be a cop and I wanted to be a writer. The closest I came to being a cop was while I worked for a security company who transported prisoners to court, other correctional facilities etc. I met some very interesting characters and had some hair-raising experiences that fueled my passion to be a published author. It was on one of these trips (some lasted up to two weeks) that the idea for Journey to Redemption was first conceived, though my partner and I never really had a prisoner escape. The question that always spawns the best ideas for me is What If? And it was on this trip that Gerald Tate ‘The Slasher’ was born. He was a scary guy that gave me nightmares for weeks. This trip was also the turning point when I realized that I was much more comfortable creating monsters in my head than coming face to face with them. I’m thankful for those experiences though, my imagination had a field day on some of my transports, and I learned a lot about myself. I realized that there was little I couldn’t do if I put my mind to it. That persistence came in real handy in the years to come, once I decided to get serious about my writing. If someone had asked me prior to that period in my life if I would someday have two books published I would have laughed and said, ‘I wish’. But if you want something bad enough and you’ll willing to work hard for it, make sacrifices, and never give up, you can accomplish whatever you want in life. That all being said, I’m thrilled to announce that in less than two weeks, Journey to Redemption will be released. To celebrate, I’ll be having a Release Party here on Sept 15th from 5pm to 8pm (CTS). Two lucky visitors will receive a gift cert. for a free download of Journey to Redemption and one lucky visitor will receive a gift bag with assorted goodies, including an autographed copy of Every Skull Tells a Story and a gift cert. for a free download of Journey to Redemption. And in the coming weeks I’ll be guest blogging and doing interviews on other blogs and websites. For a list of these upcoming appearances look in the side bar, and please do drop by leave a comment. Now that you know what I wanted to be when I grew up, how about you? Have you captured your dream?

14 comments:

Christine Young said...

Great post. I always loved art and wanted to work in advertising. So I guess the cover work I do counts as advertising art. I loved to make up stories but never really thought I could write until my mother challenged me to do just that.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

We're so glad you captured your dream. According to Napoleon Hill, "A goal is a dream with a deadline." Therefore, one could surmise that it is the hard work and focus that takes something that starts as whispers and vapors and turns it into something solid, real, and a dream realized. As for us, at our age, there have been many dreams, some realized, some not, but the journey, the climbing toward that dream has always been fabulous!

Anne Patrick said...

Christine, thanks so much for dropping by. Aren't mothers great? Mine was my biggest supporter. There's nothing like a good kick in the pants to keep you motivated :-).

Angelica and Zi, what a wonderful comment. Thank you so much.

Allison Knight said...

When I was old enough to make a firm decision I wanted to teach. I did, for almost thirty years. Writing is a second career, and I hate to admit it, but it's a lot more fun and at times more work. Not sure on the stress level, however. I feel sorry for people who never accomplish their dreams. Glad you captured yours.

Allison

Miss Mae said...

My dream was to write and to actually hold my "dream" in my hands. That happened with my second book.

My greatest dream was the book about to be released next month, "When the Bough Breaks". Now THAT will be an awesome feeling for sure! :)

Can't wait for your day to see if I win some of those goodies! LOL

Ban said...

I don't remember what I wanted to be when I was little - something with art, that's all I know. Later on, I wanted to be an illustrator but figured out that was too competitive a field for me.
Now I'm just happy being a mom, writing on the side and doing art with my girls :D
Look forward to your release !

Anne Patrick said...

Allison, thanks for stopping by. A former teacher, WOW! I have a great respect for teachers. I too feel sorry for those who don't acheive their dreams and I feel very blessed that mine is coming true. I wish you the best in your second career.

Anne Patrick said...

Hi Miss Mae! Yeah, there is no greater feeling than to hold one of your books in your hands for the first time. I'm going to miss that feeling with this one because it's an ebook, but I'm still very excited about it. Congratulations on your upcoming release. All of your books sound wonderful.

Anne Patrick said...

Hi Ban! I've seen your art work at your blog, you're a very talented lady. And what greater joy or more rewarding job than to be mother. And by the sounds of it, your little girl has inherited your writing gene:-).

kbosch101 said...

Interesting post. I'm glad you've captured your dream. As for me, I always wanted to be a fireman. Not sure if it counts, I've been a volunteer firemen for going on fifteen years now. Looking forward to your new book.

irenejacobsonrn said...

Great Post Anne! And what an awesome review of Every Skull Tells a Story. Congrats on your success.

Linda Rettstatt said...

When I was a child, I wanted to be a cowboy and a gypsy. As I grew older, I wanted to be a writer and a musician. Well, I've worked semi-professionally as a musician. And I've just had my fifth novel published, with two contracted for the coming year. I like to think I've reached my dream, but capturing it...? Not sure I want to do that. I like the way it continues to draw me forward to new discoveries.

Great question to ponder.

Linda

Anne Patrick said...

Kris, a firefighter, hooray for you! That is awesome!

Irene, thanks my friend! You're a jewel.

Linda, you know you're right. Maybe I should have titled the post differently. Because I haven't totally captured my dream. I haven't made it on the NY Times Best Seller List:-). Congrats on your five published novels and on your contracted ones. That is great!

Cindy Weber said...

It's been so long I really don't remember what I wanted to be, other than a good mother. I couldn't be happier for you for attaining your dream. And keep believing you'll make that NY BS List and I'm sure it'll happen for you. But even if you don't (which I'm sure you will:)you should be proud of what you've accomplished so far. Congratulations hon!