Finding a Way Past Fear

I’m pleased to announce the audiobook for ‘Daughter of Hauk’ is now available!!!

I admit it. I haven’t heard the whole thing yet. I plan on purchasing a copy in the next day or two. When I actually listen to it is very much up in the air.

Not that I think the narrator did a poor job! Ms. Miyasaki was incredible to work with. She and I had a good hour long chat back in August about my book. She was the consummate professional! Very pleasant, and her main goal was to produce a narration I was happy with. We spent a lot of time covering pronunciation of names, what male characters I felt had deeper voices, accents, and all sorts of details that were important for both her and I to get right.

The audiobook, like the ebook and paperback, has a way to listen to a sample reading before you purchase it. I clicked on this on Saturday. And turned it off within two sentences. For one reason and one reason only.

It scared the blazes out of me to hear someone reading aloud words I’d written.

It was frightening, exhilarating, and surreal on a level I hadn’t experienced before. Even though I’ve got parts of ‘Daughter of Hauk’ mesmerized (what author doesn’t?), hearing someone else read it, bring it to life in that way, is such a strange sensation. It’s a cold shower of truth that goes beyond getting that first contract or seeing it in print for the first time. Now I can hear it, and not just in my head.

It’s another brick that’s been removed from my wall of self-doubt.

‘Daughter of Hauk’ has been out for almost an entire year now. This morning, I got a message on FaceBook asking if I was going to have a table at Emerald City ComiCon this weekend. My husband and I have gone Saturday of ECCC twice now (counting this weekend) and have enjoyed it immensely. I’d never thought of having a table there, but fantasy and scifi novels have the potential of doing very well. Being a media guest would be interesting! And I’m sure it would scare me to be so.

I’ve gone way out of my comfort zone a lot in the last year. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Eventually, everyone has to find a way to work past what they fear in order to get what they want in life. It’s just taken me longer to start.


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