I told my husband my main goal when I released my book was to have friends and family read it and say, “Wow, I wasn’t expecting it to be that good.” Not that anyone has actual said that to my face, but there is an element of surprise in people. Like, “I really liked it. I mean, I really, really like it. I didn’t know you could write like that!” (The truth is I didn’t either!) I absolutely love these comments. I like to see people giving my book a try because they know me and finding out they ended up really enjoying it for it. And I hope, as they read, they forget all about me and only think of the story.
I’ve wondered about this a lot. If my buddy from the good ol’ days hopped on Facebook to tell me they wrote a book, I would probably buy a copy for support reasons only. I wouldn’t expect it to be great. I’m not sure why this is. Do we not expect people close to us to be able to do great things? Maybe we think if the talent is a hidden one, it must not be a very impressive one. I’m not trying to claim to be the next great American author here (please don’t expect literary genius when you read my book). What I am doing is wondering why we don’t think amazing things can be found close to us.
In truth, this is the overriding theme in my book: That drawing on our untapped potential we can make the impossible possible and be awesome!
Now, in case you’re still on the fence about giving it a read, here are some bits a pieces from reviews. Some of these are from family and friends and some are from complete strangers…
Praise for The Convergence:
“If you like the action of Divergent, romance of Twilight, and super human powers like X-men, you’ll absolutely love this book.”
“I was stunned by how much I liked this book.”
“I love Desiree’s character, she’s awesome, just pure awesomeness!!!”
“I think I may have found a new favorite author…”
“I was captured from the beginning by Desiree’s story, but even more so by the handsome and charming Blake.”
“I would especially recommend this book to people.”
Ha! I love that last one. So, if you are a person, you should give The Convergence a try! I hope you find something amazing in it. Remarkable talents are closer to home than we think, and even if you don’t find it in my book, I’m sure you can find it in yourself!
Don’t be afraid to show your awesomeness, because it’s kind of fun messing with people’s expectations. 🙂
P.S. Thank you to all those who have reviewed my book!! You are awesome. I love knowing the good and the bad, it has helped my writing improve a ton! I’ve especially worked on pacing in book two, keeping it full of action, and raising the stakes. I’m getting so excited to share it with you all. Early fall is still the plan!