Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Very Special Day!

Today is a very special day for several reasons. First, and foremost, is the fact that this is my 6th anniversary as a published author. Annabelle Lee, my very first book, was released from Ellora's Cave on October 27, 2004. I was so excited and scared to death at the same time. Little did I know then that I'd have 38 books published by them six years later.

I've also expanded my career. If you include my latest book from Samhain Publishing--A Touch of Magick--which was released yesterday, I now have 48 books and stories published. (Number 50 has already been contracted, which completely boggles my mind considering only two of those books--Discovering Dani and The Way Home were written when I embarked on this career.)

Boy, has my life changed in those years. Six years ago, I'd never even heard of online chat groups, I'd never blogged, never had a website. Today, I have a blog, website, chat constantly, am on FaceBook and update my own website. Technology still baffles and bewilders me but I have learned enough to get by.

I love writing. There's no other way to put it. I can sit at my computer and lose myself in the words, characters and story. It's only when I stop that I realize several hours have gone by and I'm stiff from sitting for so long. Creating something from nothing is an incredible feeling. I wouldn't want to do anything else.

I want to thank all the readers out there for allowing this to become my reality. Your unwavering support has meant so much to me all these years. As I've grown as a writer, you've stayed with me. When I want to try a different genre, you give it a chance. That means the world to me.

So, here's to the next six years and beyond. I've got so much more I want to do. I'll never stop writing. I hope you never get tired of reading.

Oh, and the other reason today is special...I just found out that Alexandra's Legacy is a finalist in the 2011 EPIC Awards for best paranormal romance! Woohoo!


Kat said...

Congrats on the Epic finals and on 6 great years of wonderful stories. You are my favorite author of all.:-)

N.J.Walters said...

Thanks so much, Kat. I truly appreciate all the support.

I hope you start feeling better soon. Rest and take care of yourself!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Whooooot! Congrats, NJ! Way to go, lady!

Natalie Dae said...

Oooooh, all very brilliant! Well done you!


Charlene Teglia said...

Happy writerversary and congrats! Here's to many, many more books and awards.

anny cook said...

Oh, congratulations, NJ! This is wonderful. And I want to thank you for the hours of enjoyment you've granted me!

N.J.Walters said...

Thank you so much ladies. I truly appreciate the well-wishes and support. It's been a wild six years. :)

Lori said...

Congrats, NJ! I adore reading your books - your hard-won success is truly well-deserved.

Jenn said...

Congrats NJ. I have said it before but it couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Your stories bring joy and sometimes a touch of sorrow to my life,for that brief moment when the story touches me and bring me to tears, but they have always brightened my day and found a way into my heart. Six years ago I bought a book by an unknown author and today I still buy the books you create and I'm proud to call you friend. So for the next six years and hopefully beyond I'll be buying you books and calling you friend.

Jenn L

N.J.Walters said...

Thank you so very much, Lori. I appreciate it.

Thank you, Jenn. It's hard to believe that was six years ago. You've supported me from the very beginning and I can't begin to thank you enough for that.

michelle said...

Congrats on being in the final at Epic.


N.J.Walters said...

Thanks so much, Michelle!