Please welcome author Catherine West to Inspired by Life…and Fiction today! This month, Cathy is celebrating the release of her first traditionally published novel. Many of you may have already read her independently published books, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Hidden in the Heart, and Bridge of Faith. Glad to have you here, Cathy! -Becky
The release of a new book comes with anticipation, excitement, anxiety, joy and a host of other emotions that can quickly get out of control if you don’t keep things in perspective. I admit to being a bit of a worrier, always thinking too much, imagining the worst instead of the good. And I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of good things because I’ve been too busy worrying about other things that I have no control over.
But I’m learning. Life is too short.
With the recent release of The Things We Knew, my potential anxiety was thwarted by my amazing husband, who, about a month and a bit prior to the release date, informed me that he had planned a family trip to Nantucket (where the story takes place), and that I would be doing a book signing on release day! Well, that kind of surprise doesn’t leave much room for panic! Since everything was all arranged, I had little choice but to put away my nerves and simply enjoy this incredible gift.
How often do we miss moments of pure joy when we’re caught up in the business and worry of day-to-day living? I was reminded of this so many times last week, as my family and I enjoyed each other’s company and celebrated together in one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever visited.
How amazing it was for me to be able to walk the cobbled streets of the town I’d previously only been able to see through Google Maps . . . I can’t really describe the overwhelming moments, the beauty of the hydrangeas and roses, the peacefulness of white sails dotting blue waters . . . it was all as I had imagined. Better.
And for those few days, I simply drank it all in. I didn’t worry about book sales or my to-do list or the edits for my next book that were waiting for me . . . I purposefully lived in the moment of each day. That’s freedom. That’s the way I wish I could live every day. But I know – we get busy, we get overwhelmed . . . I’m already feeling it again. And that’s when I need to step back, take a breath, and remember to enjoy it all.
Because I don’t want to miss a thing.
*** If you’d like to see more photos from our amazing trip, check out my daughter’s blog HERE. It’s nice to have a photographer in the family! ***
INSPY Award-winning author Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s novel, Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her new novel, The Things We Knew, released July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
The above giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to ‘Caroline says’! You’re the winner of the above prize pack. Many, many thanks to those of you who left a comment for Cathy! -Becky
Have you had a ‘don’t miss it’ moment lately?