In Spite of or Because of?
Often we are told to never give up our dreams. We are told this so often it has become a cliché and therefore rather meaningless, the sort of comment at which we roll our eyes. At the same time, human nature is such we all hope and pray that, if we hold onto our dreams, they will come true in spite of circumstances more than due to whatever we try. In the end, these past ten years in the publishing business have taught me that dreams come true in spite of and because of life circumstances.
Nearly eleven years ago now, my husband was in law school, as well as working. That meant he was gone about sixteen hours a day. Because I had lost my job a few months before, I was alone most of those hours, so I dove into my writing head-first. I had sold one book and rather wanted to sell more. Unfortunately, the muse just wasn’t speaking to me to write what I knew the market wanted. I felt so stressed over this that I decided to write something I wanted to write and not worry about the market. In short, I wanted to regain my love of putting words together to form a story.
That story, something that had rattled around my head for a long time, so long I had done the research and developed the characters, poured from my brain, to my fingertips, and onto the page. I wrote over four hundred pages worth of story in about five weeks. Hey, it was winter in Washington, DC, and I wasn’t working. Not much else to do.
This was the story of an American woman raised aboard a merchantman owned and captained by her father, who ends up a noncombatant prisoner of war during the War of 1812. She is an American in England when the two countries were engaged in hostilities—shooting hostilities. While learning to be a proper English lady, though she failed at becoming a proper American lady, she plots to free her crew, what she views as her family, from an English prisoner of war facility. While she learns of love and the joy of being a true part of a kind, giving family, she must make choices that could destroy everything she has come to hold dear, especially her husband in a marriage that isn’t convenient at all.
But that story sat on my computer until I got a new computer and transferred it to that one, then another new one and then another new one. . . because I had nowhere to market that story. At the same time, I loved it. I didn’t want to let it go. It continued to haunt me until I decided I would indie publish it.
Except I sold it to Waterfall Press, or rather, my agent did.
In November, 2016, I saw a dream come true—that Deirdre’s story, My Enemy, My Heart, was released in not only paperback and digital versions, but also another dream of mine—audio. Not only that, but the sequel, my master’s degree in writing thesis novel, will be published in June of this year.
Despite the publishing world more often than not being capricious and volatile, I sold these two books of my heart. At the same time, if I had not continued to work on them, rewriting them and improving them, my agent never would have found an editor who wanted to buy them, as they would not have been good enough.
Yes, dreams come true, and that does not happen by accident.
My Enemy, My Heart
The sea has always been Deirdre MacKenzie’s home, and the crew of her father’s Baltimore clipper
Kieran Ashford has caused his family one too many scandals. On his way to exile in America, he is waylaid by the declaration of war and a chance to turn privateer and make his own fortune. But he regrets his actions as soon as the rich prize is secured. Kieran figures his best chance at redeeming himself in the eyes of his family is to offer Deidre the protection of his name in marriage. He has no idea that secrets from his parents’ past and Deirdre’s determination to free her crew are on a disastrous collision course.
Love and loyalty clash, as Kieran begins to win Deirdre’s heart despite her plot to betray him and his family. While Kieran works to mend the relationship with his family, he begins to love his bride in spite of what lies between them.
About Laurie Alice Eakes:
“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with more than two dozen books in print and several award wins and nominations to her credit, including winning the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency and being chosen as a 2016 RITA® finalist in the inspirational category.
She has recently relocated to a cold climate because she is weird enough to like snow and icy lake water. When she isn’t basking in the glory of being cold, she likes to read, visit museums, and take long walks, preferably with her husband, though the cats make her feel guilty every time she leaves the house.
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