Eleven Little Words

A few months ago, I read one of the best books I’ve ever read. I laughed, it was sexy, I cried, and I got furious (I may have even smacked my husband in the arm at 2am screaming “WHY?!”). It had everything. I liked it so much that I sent the author an email telling her how much I loved it, and included a short blurb with a few ideas I had for a story. Mind you, it’s very uncharacteristic of me to do something like that. I clearly knew there was no way this famous best-selling author would respond but it didn’t hurt to try and low and behold, she did reply with eleven little words.

“That’s a GREAT story! You should definitely write it down!” ~ Awesome, Famous Author

That was it. Who knows if she meant it or not, she could’ve just rolled her eyes and said it to be nice, but those eleven words triggered a motivation in me that I had kept buried under excuses for way too long, and the excuses started to morph into reasons why I should do it. Other people write books…Why can’t I?

So, for the last few weeks, I have spent every free moment (which is not much considering my job, kids, and household to take care of) at my home computer, plugging away at my story. My husband thinks it’s awesome so far, but he’s a little biased…Cuz he loves me and all. He has been an incredible support, helping with the kids and around the house, while I write. I’m couldn’t do it without him.

I didn’t want to tell anyone at first, in case my book sucks, but Don (my husband) made a great point. He said, “Don’t say that. It will only suck if you let it. And you won’t let it.” And he’s right. For those of you who do not know me very well, I’m a little OCD. I obsess over things. I will not release anything until I am 100% happy with it. It may mean you will not see my book for a very long time, but it WILL happen.

I’m blogging for 2 reasons:
1. It’s something to write when I have writers block. Gotta keep the juices flowing, you know.
2. If other people know about this, I can’t give up on it.

BTW, my book is a fictional romance (New Adult Contemporary). I’m a sucker for romances. Blurb coming soon.

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About Alicia Kobishop

Alicia Kobishop is a contemporary romance writer who lives in the greater Milwaukee, WI area with her husband and two children. Get writing updates by signing up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bP9xRr

17 responses »

  1. This is wonderful!!!! I am sure your book will be a great success, congrats on your new journey…

  2. You will never know until you have tried!! I am a sucker for mushy romance books so i cant wait to get a book from your book signing and read it!!! Keep it going!!

  3. Thank you so much for the support Karen!

  4. Alicia, I am a very proud brother. It sounds like you have the drive, so keep plugging away. You have the support of all of your family.

  5. Thanks Mike!!! I appreciate all of you so much!

  6. This is going to be one of the best experiences for you. Keep it up. Don’t ever give up. When it comes time to find a publisher, that is when you need to stand your ground and keep the faith. One might reject the next on may too, but there is always the one who says lets do it. I believe in you and am very happy for you.

  7. Thanks Cindy! My plan is to self-publish at first. It used to be taboo but is now the thing to do. Thank you for your encouraging words!

  8. How awesome! I can’t wait the read your book!

  9. Oops… I can’t wait to read it!

  10. Annie Bennett

    Wow Alicia! Way to go! I know you’re going to succeed and I can’t wait to read it! Best of luck on your new endeavor! When you’re on your book signing tour and making the rounds on the talk shows I can’t wait to say “I knew her when”!!!!

  11. You are too funny, Annie!!! What’s the point of dreaming if you don’t dream big, right? Thank you for your support!!!

  12. There was a buried desire for a reason Alicia – way to follow that dream! And Don is right – it will only suck if you say it – focus on the goal of writing an intriguing fictional romance and that’s what you’ll get! And if you ever need help with proof reading – let me know – I’d be glad to help! Keep plugging away – and remember some authors take years to write their books!

  13. Thank you so much Andi! I am so lucky and grateful to have such incredibly supportive friends and family!

  14. I’m so excited about the new book!

  15. Thank you so much Chanpreet! It’s been a crazy summer. It’s coming along slowly, but it’s getting there. I appreciate your support! 🙂

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