There are people who think us creative types are a little cuckoo. I'll admit I've known a few doozies through the years. I even have a few (ahem, okay more than a few) quirks of my own. But nothing prepared me for Debut Author Neurosis.
You see, I have 2 Indie ebooks, but this month brings the release of my very first Harlequin Desire. In Paperback. On the shelves of my local bookstore.
*Deep breath. Don't hyperventilate.*
To my surprise, listening to my family, friends, and fans discuss their excitement, seeing that book on an actual shelf, brought on a sickness I'd never even heard of before!
Debut Author Neurosis, a disturbing malady that creeps up on the Debut Author. What is that, you ask? Well, it presents with a variety of symptoms, but commonly includes:
1. Vocal Spasms
This involves the urge to squee at any given moment, regardless of whether or not there's an audience, from sheer glee.
2. Mild Tourette Syndrome
Hand in hand with #1 comes the urge to blurt out phrases like "This in MY book!" or "I wrote this book. This 1 right here!" to random strangers. With no sense of shame whatsoever.
3. Watery Eyes
All that excitement might alternate with tears, because the author has waited so long for this day (2 years or 10, it all feels long) and now it's finally HERE.
Shaking of the hands is a common symptom, whether or not the author thinks she's nervous. Caution: This will most often show up when the author needs to be steady. For instance, when she's trying to sign her books or shake hands with a book store manager.
5. Aching Muscles
This could manifest in cramped hands from signing so many books for friends and family, or overworked cheeks because the author just can't stop grinning all the time.
6. Low-grade Fever
Twinges of heated embarrassment might make an appearance as you realize people are actually reading those sex scenes you were so proud of -- people you might actually know!
So please bear with me while I deal with this author sickness... It's the worst I've had in a long time!!!! Just so I don't feel alone, when was the last time YOU experienced any of these exciting symptoms and what was the special occasion? I'd love to hear about it!
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Dani Wade astonished her local librarians as a teenager when she carried home 10 books every week – and actually read them all. Now she writes her own characters who clamor for attention in the midst of the chaos that is her life. Residing in the southern U.S. with a husband, two kids, two dogs, and one grumpy cat, she stays busy until she can closet herself away with her characters once more. Her debut print release, HIS BY DESIGN, is available now with Harlequin Desire.
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