Fate was very fickle for me.
Just when I thought I had my life planned out, boom something unexpected happened. I told you last week that after college I had this wonderful job writing and editing children's books. Well, before I knew it, all the books for the second grade curriculum were complete. I thought the company loved me enough to keep me on and assign me another project. In swooped the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate. They let me go. I was totally devastated.
I had never been let go from a job before. I had nightmares for months. I cleaned my house from top to bottom, went through old recipes and organized them, I even worked on our family photo albums. I also tried to find another job, but my heart wasn't in it. As I re-evaluated my situation, I realized that now was the perfect time to devote all of my attention on writing novels. But I wanted to focus on a specific genre: young adult.
So I headed to the library.
For months I read every Newbery Medal winner I could get my hands on. After a while, I decided on the type of YA novel I would write. I wanted to try and break into inspirational, time-travel with a focus on the Book of Mormon. That really narrowed the field of where I could send my work, but I couldn't ignore the feeling that was what I was supposed to do.
So I started writing my first YA book. Was it my break through novel that became published? You'll have to wait for next week to find out. ;)