Today we have a guest post from author Julie Shackman. Take it away, Julie:
I got asked this very question just a couple of days ago.
For me, it has to be receiving feedback from readers. When people tell you that they’ve read your novel and it made them laugh out loud; almost shed a tear or look back fondly at the past, the feeling of satisfaction defies belief.
Something that you’ve pored over. Struggled with. Enjoyed one minute and felt exasperated with the next. It’s finally finished and out there and people are actually reading it. You’re sharing your imagination and the readers are choosing to be part of that.
I felt happy but somewhat sad too when I wrote “The End” on “Rock My World”. It’s a bit like saying goodbye to old friends.
But then to receive such lovely e-mails and reviews from people who spent their hard-earned cash on “Rock My World” – it just makes it all worthwhile.
Julie’s first novel is Rock My World.
Ruby Cameron is an ambitious reporter for a local paper where she is fed scraps of news, and lives with a man whose “idea of living dangerously is to leave the heating on when we pop out to the shops”. But after catching her squeaky clean boyfriend in flagrante delicto she ups sticks and moves into her own small home, only to discover the ghostly presence of a cheeky rock star who becomes her confidant as the dynamics of her small town, and her feelings about her dashing new boss, begin to throw up more questions than she can answer.
Will Ruby discover who she really is, and perhaps more importantly, who she wants to be?
Published by Not So Noble Books.