For those of you kind enough to follow my blog you probably know that I have finished my first book "Waking the Sleeping Demon : 26 Hours of Terror in Atlanta."
My coming out party is the Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta at the end of next month. As a result, I have spent the last several weeks pondering what I should write about next. Should I finish the murder mystery I started before Waking the Sleeping Demon? Should I finish the short story I started several years ago? Should I catch one of the many ideas flying around in my head and commit it to paper? As I turned these and other scintillating questions over in my mind a comment I'd come across some time ago hit me. A well-renowned author (whose name escapes me at this moment) was speaking to a class of writing students. One of the students asked this author what the difference was between an author and one who aspires to become an author. The well-renowned author replied essentially that an author plants his bottom in front of his typewriter and types. That profound statement along with a passage from the new Stephen Carter book (Palace Council) I'm currently reading which talks about Langston Hughes having at least 12 projects going at one time, answered all of my questions. I can write on any given day whatever I want to write. I just need to write and write and write some more. One finished book may make me an author but my dream has always been to be a writer. So as I come to the end of my vacation by the sea and prepare to return home I'll make a commitment to write. I'm sure another book will come out of me somewhere along the line but more importantly I will have fed my soul by writing.