First of all, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you’re enjoying your holidays, eating chocolate and cakes. Counting calories is a no-no at this time of year! I’m spending my holidays in Romania this year and it’s good to be back. I’m also excited that my birthday is coming up on Monday!! I’ll be 20 years old. Wow. Can’t believe it. I feel different somehow, this birthday more important than the 18th.
I’ve been working these two years on finding an idea, on writing a story and setting my priorities in the right order. It was no easy feat. I finally feel that I’ve found what I’ve been looking for, finally willing to risk writing this book that seems to want to write itself. I’ve finished four chapters in two days and it’s already more than I’ve written for my other novels. It’s probably still the excitement of the first days since the idea settled in. The one thing that makes me certain that I’ll continue writing this story is the fact that I’m already falling in love with one of my characters. They are all special, all having traits and feelings that I want to explore more. Who knows, maybe I’ll write their stories as well!
What I can tell you about the novel without spoiling the idea is that it features angels, archangels and demons. There are probably hundreds of books featuring these fabulous creatures, but I feel like this idea is different, unlike anything I’ve seen or read till now and it makes me excited to be the one writing it. I’ve had my mum and my brother read the work I’ve done till now and they were impressed. I was scared at first, didn’t know if my work was good enough. I was afraid of criticism even though I specifically told them to tell me the truth. It proved that I didn’t need to worry. My mother, who read my earlier attempts at a novel, said that my writing had improved lots, that reading the lines I’ve written, she got the feeling that a more experienced novelist wrote them. I was blown away by that comment. She told me she was proud of me and asked me never to give up on writing. It almost brought me to tears. The fact that my brother also liked what I wrote is even more of a shock. He’s not a fan of paranormal romance, but was captivated even from the first chapter. He made me promise to let him read everything I write from now on. It boosted my confidence.
So all in all, this year has been a good one, with its ups and downs, but it feels like my future is starting to shape into what its meant to be. Don’t ever give up doing what your good at and follow your dreams. No idea or dream is too small. Impossible does not exist. Live by this motto and you’ll see all the possibilities unfold.
Wishing you all happy holidays, much love and good health,
Iulia Lesley xo