I realized a lifelong dream on October 9, 2014 – the dream of publishing my first book. Pierced in the Heart: The Miracle of Healing after Grief and Loss is my debut book, which won the 2013 Canadian Christian nonfiction award from Word Alive Press.
Writing the book was quite a journey. I wrote the first draft manuscript at a writers’ retreat in the summer of 2011 and made significant revisions that fall. But I parked the book for almost another year as I agonized about whether or not to publish it.
I attended Jack Canfield’s and Steve Harrison’s Bestseller Blueprint program in September 2011, where Jack said that if your book reaches only one person it is worth publishing it. That sparked me to revisit the manuscript sitting in my computer and to do further revisions. In late spring of 2013, I felt impressed to submit the manuscript to the Word Alive Press publishing contest. I was in tears in late July 2013 when I received a call from Word Alive Press telling me that I won their nonfiction award.
From fall 2013 to summer 2014, my book went through the publishing process at Word Alive Press. That is a fascinating story in itself. In late summer 2014, I received my author proof in the mail, an exciting milestone day, followed soon after by the book launch at Fig Tree Christian Books and Gifts in Edmonton, Alberta.
So now that I am a published author it’s leading me to a new phase of my life as I close the door on my 25-year career in the public service. Today, on January 1, 2015, I am looking forward to the journey I will have taken by the end of this year in the areas of grief and mental health coaching, public speaking, and more writing. But more importantly than any of these is the journey I plan to continue hand in hand with God. That’s what excites me most of all. A Happy New Year!