In school, I was the kid who avoided public speaking at all costs. Still do if possible. Even when I knew the answer in class, I raised my hand halfway. I wanted the teacher to see I tried (and had the answer), but I didn't want to be called on.
The other benefit to life in the shadows: it made the inevitable leaving easier.
Unfortunately, these are not great qualities for marketing.
At first, I liked Facebook and Twitter. There I could be social without coming into the light fully. But it is also an easy place to lurk. I love to support other authors, but I find it incredibly difficult to ask for help in return. I hate promoting myself. I'm always worried people will either get annoyed or, just as bad, find me uninteresting.
I'm edging into the light, pushing back the cloak carefully. It's unsettling, but I need to find a balance. I've worked too hard on these books!
Funny, the title of my newest book feels very revealing lately. I'm chasing shadows.
My five senses are engaged and edits are underway for Chasing Shadows. Edits energize me. I saw this quote on Facebook...
"The first draft is just you telling yourself the story." Terry Pratchett
So true! Editing takes my story to another level, and I'm so grateful for my editor. Love ya, Jo!