For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of being an author, of escaping to another world and taking readers with me. But I always kept my aspiration a secret. At least until my assistant, Terry Malovets, gifted me a beautiful journal filled with scripture for Christmas. In those moments between friends, she shared a surprising observation—she believed I should pursue a career as an author. Can you imagine my joy and shock? How in the world did she know my deepest professional desire? The one I never revealed to her.
I spent the next three months wondering whether or not I was willing to take the risk. Was I even capable? I possessed absolutely no professional training in the craft of writing, but I decided to take the plunge anyway. After all, I didn’t have to tell anyone, right? Before long I filled my journal with ideas and Never Let Go was born.
Seven months later, I finished the manuscript. Or so I thought. I learned the difficult way (through lots of rejections from literary agents) that my manuscript was somehow flawed. God called me to share my situation with my Sunday school class, but I refused on multiple occasions. I didn’t want to open myself up to criticism. Discouragement overwhelmed me until the Lord provided the courage I needed. And rather than criticism, my class rejoiced with praises.
A publisher contacted me the very next day. After reviewing my submission, HopeSprings Books expressed an interest in publishing my story despite my manuscript needing a hard edit. Ouch! I wrote in omniscient narrative, used passive voice, and filled the story with stilted dialogue—all rule breakers in current fiction trends. The entire manuscript had to be reworked.
Blessings abounded. Because the publisher saw potential in my voice and story, she took the time to help me. Wow…such a rare occurrence in the publishing world in the face of countless submissions. I studied the material she recommended and demonstrated my new skills to her. The result—a publishing contract!
Now I’m in the process of completely reworking Never Let Go (tentatively titled, of course). My prayer is that the story will glorify the Lord.
God is so good.
When Angie Brashear isn’t working or taking care of her family, she writes. Usually at night after her kids fall asleep. She’s an avid reader and runner, both of which perplex her husband. Saved in her early twenties, Angie is grateful for the Lord’s presence in all aspects of her life. She is originally from Rockland, Maine and currently resides in Cameron, Texas with her husband and three children. Website: http://angiebrashear.com/