My hands are shaking as I type this, my foot is jittering on the kitchen stool, and my heart is racing. I just officially submitted my first novel, Break the Stone, to the professional interior designer. That means it is COMPLETE. No further changes will be made to any content, plot, character development, sentence structure, setting—nothing. It’s finished! Is it perfect? No. But I am DONE! I DID IT!

Today is April 3, 2021. I’m in a bit of a state of shock. After checking my calendar, I’m fairly certain that April 4, 2020 is when I walked downstairs for breakfast with my family and announced that I would be writing a book. This means I produced my first novel in exactly one year. #goals

When I began, Covid had settled in our midst and the future was unknown. I have to say that without the three supportive people sitting at my kitchen table that fateful morning, combined with the characters in this book, I do not know what would’ve become of me. Break the Stone was my coping mechanism when our world turned upside down.

Writing is drastically more challenging than I had ever assumed, I mean on an epic proportion. I had no idea what I was doing and I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve learned something new every day. Through the process of creating Break the Stone, I’ve went through over thirty rewrites, relied on countless beta readers, collaborated with tons of critique partners, learned from research platforms and continuing education materials, dealt with bullies, gained fans, shed some tears, screamed at my children, adopted two kittens, bought a new laptop, and murdered a few trees from all my post-it notes.

I want to say thank you to friends and family who have beared with my passionate rants, my complaining and venting, my fixation on certain ideas, my rambling, the times when I’ve ignored you, and yes Matt… thank you for bearing with me when I’ve spent the pennies. My dream became a reality and, the series continues with two more novels. And guess what, I already have my idea for a fantasy dystopian series. Three novels to be published in early 2023.

But, slow down, in one month, I’ll hold onto my first physical copy of ‘Break the Stone.’ Who wants to make bets on if I’ll cry…

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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