In which we have guests, part 3

For the second year in a row, I am turning over the blog to guest posters for the month of December. And for the second year in a row, we’ve had a great response–thirty-three requests for spots! For the next month you’ll be hearing from writers, editors, and other pros on a variety of topics. I always let the guest writers choose their own subject and give them carte blanche while they’re here. There are no limitations on topic or language, and this time we’ve got everything from favorite words to sexsomnia! Since I will be hunkered down doing revisions on the first of my new books for NAL/Penguin, I am turning comments off for the month. Most posters will include links to their own sites if you want to follow up with them. So, I wish you all the best of holiday seasons–peace, prosperity, good health, and a fabulous start to 2015. See you in the new year!

Today we welcome Jeffe Kennedy.

In Which Jeffe Kennedy Visits Deanna’s Blog

I feel like that should have some sort of subtitle – like “and hijinks ensue.”

After all, we’re talking about the woman who once promised to pose nude for my naughty Tumblr. I have evidence.


Still waiting, Deanna. Still waiting.

This is one of the things I love about Deanna—her sense of humor. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, which can happen all too easily in our lives. Setbacks can feel like downward spirals and obstacles like mountains. I first met Deanna when she visited our local chapter conference and gave us a workshop on nurturing our creativity. As part of that she talked about how long it took before she found her voice and what she was meant to write.

Suffice to say, it took years and a tremendous amount of persistence before she sold that first book. Much of that time she spent reading and filling her creative well. The story has stuck with me because I think we often look at successful people and forget that behind the shiny, shiny career we see, are years of quiet work and withstanding suffering. It’s easy to forget, when we’re faced with trials in our lives, when we suffer those setbacks that last so long they feel like failure, that we’re learning and growing from them.

I tried to show this with my heroine, Ami, in THE TEARS OF THE ROSE. With this story, the second book in THE TWELVE KINGDOMS trilogy, Ami, the youngest and most beautiful of my three princesses faces that her fairytale happy ever after has shattered. None of the poems and songs written about her predicted this and she’s bewildered and alone in her grief. She even believes her life is over and that there’s nothing good left. Though she’s forced to go on, she does so without purpose.

But eventually she starts to heal and finds something of her real self. In doing so, she recovers more and becomes someone better than before.

It’s what we all strive for, isn’t it? To survive terrible setbacks and loss and somehow emerge stronger, more polished.

More fabulous than ever before.

(Still waiting, Deanna.)