Here's what Alison has to say about her Impossible Dream which became a reality.
People often ask me how I went from engineer to author. There is no short answer. With God’s blessing, life is long and we have many opportunities to share His gifts. Growing up, I had always defined myself as a “math and science person.” When I realized I was squeamish, I decided to scrap my dreams of becoming a physician and settled on engineering.
Although I enjoyed the academic challenges of earning my engineering degree, I was never passionate about the work. I couldn’t get fired up about quality or manpower issues. So it came as no surprise that soon after starting a family, I decided to leave corporate America for full-time motherhood. Around this time, a new idea surfaced. I should be a writer. I resisted the idea at first. It was a silly idea. Remember, I’m a math person. I did well in English/Literature classes, but not once while growing up had I entertained the idea of writing—unless it was for a grade.
Yet, the idea wouldn’t leave me.
Then I came across a quote: “You wouldn’t have the desire if you didn’t have the ability to achieve it.” (Emerson.)
So I began the journey. I enrolled in writing workshops, read, joined a writer’s group, and wrote. A lot. Unlike earning an engineering degree, there were no concrete steps guaranteeing an outcome. (To earn my engineering degree, I knew what classes I had to take and as long as I passed them, in the end they handed me a degree. It’s framed in my office. J) In the road to publication, no such roadmap exists.
I had to have faith. I pressed on. My first real success came when I signed with my wonderful agent in 2006. I thought success was close at hand.
I was wrong.
My manuscripts were well received and went up the publishing ladder for “possible” acquisition at a NY publishing house. But rejection followed rejection. I questioned my ability. I questioned my plans. But the Emerson quote stuck with me. Why would I have this desire, if I had no ability?
Then, finally in 2011, I sold two books within a month. Less than a year later, I sold a third.
I believe doubts are part of a writer’s psyche, but another verse serves me well, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) The journey may be long, but the rewards are great. When frustration and doubts press in on you, be sure to step back and enjoy the journey. It’s all a learning process. Have faith.
I have three books, all romantic suspense, coming out in print this year: Random Acts, Plain Pursuit and Too Close to Home. To learn more about me and my work, please stop by www.AlisonStone.com.
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Dear Readers; Alison is graciously giving away an e-copy of her book Too Close To Home (available for Kindle and Nook e-readers). So leave a comment and you may be the fortunate winner!
The drawing will be on Tuesday morning.
Until then -- read on!