It’s been almost three days since I’ve published Waking the Wild and I still feel pretty good about it. There was a four year period between publishing my first book and publishing this one, and with good reason. I wanted to learn. When I published my first book I had no idea about what I was getting myself into, but I also didn’t see the harm in trying. What could really go wrong?
Not much, but it wasn’t exactly the best thing I could’ve put out.
I thankful that I know that now. I’m thankful that I met so many fantastic people who took the time to point me in the right direction, to teach me what I needed to know, to introduce me to people who would help make Waking the Wild the best it could be. Does that mean I’m done learning? No, because even now I’m still finding things that I could’ve done better. Still, my new book is way beyond anything I thought it could be, and I’m so proud of it. I’m proud of me. I’m happy that I can share it with all of you.
“There is a defect in us
as human beings
because we think ourselves
a fortress, a mountain, unbreakable
but at the center
in that stillness of being
there is a chasm
which echoes hope, compassion, empathy
try again, it says
and though the fault lines are full of darkness
we are held together by
the optimism and foolishness
of a single spark”
One of the thing I did differently with Waking the Wild was to get it some exposure. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to get interviewed by author Lisette Brodey about my writing process and my influences as a poet. I had a lot of fun doing it and I’m hoping you enjoy reading it. I also tried out ads on a few social media platforms. If you read my new book and you like it, please consider leaving a review or telling others about it. Every little bit helps.
(The best thing I did to improve my new book from my last was to get it edited, formatted and had a stunning cover designed. If anything, always get your books edited.)
This book was very personal to me. I discuss it in my interview, but a lot of the work that went into this book was written during a difficult time in my life. I’m still not completely through it, but I’m getting stronger with each day. I hope that the book will find its way to people who need its messages the most. I hope that you will find something in it to love.