I had a bit of an “ah ha” moment yesterday when I visited Pride Publishing, and clicked on the author tab. There I was, C.L. Etta, an author for all of the world to see. I completed my first book, Heartache and Hope in July 2015. In October, Pride picked it up for publication. What a surreal moment that was, to have my first attempt at writing offered a publishing contract. After all some people wait years to be published, and that’s what I figured was in store for me. I am truly blessed. Yesterday, seeing me identified as an author, really solidified in my mind that dreams can indeed become reality.
The book will be available for pre-orders in June, and for general release in July. I can hardly wait to introduce Kevin, Raphael and Robbie to you. I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I enjoyed the writing.
Last week I completed and submitted Ubiquitous. It is the unconventional love story of pastor’s son and journalist, Danny DeMarco, and gay bashing victim, Mico Pacheco. With its themes of family, forgiveness and triumph, Ubiquitous went from a vague idea in September to an 82K word novel by January. I had to stop writing the sequel to H&H because Danny and Mico wouldn’t stop talking to me. They would awaken me in the middle of the night, insisting I tell their story.
Next comes edits, and then the book cover reveal. I’m dreading one and looking forward to the other. In the meantime, I have returned to the world of Heartache and Hope and am completing Heart and Home. Until then, happy writing, happy reading and happy living.