I’m so pleased to introduce my friend, Jill Lynn, to you! She lives in Colorado, is a mom of two, and recently published her debut novel with Harlequin Love Inspired. I invited her to share the story of the moment when she received what authors refer to as, “The Call”. The call is that joyous, long-awaited, long-hoped for phone call during which an aspiring author is told that she’s finally been offered a contract to publish her novel. It’s been many years since I received “the call”, back in 1998. But I still remember it very, very clearly. PURE JOY!
Jill has graciously offered to mail a copy of her debut novel to one lucky Inspired by Life… and Fiction reader, so stay tuned for details on that at the end of the post. -Becky
Last spring I sold my first book and signed my first contract with Harlequin Love Inspired. I blogged with Harlequin here and talked a little about receiving THE CALL from my agent. This is such a huge, life changing moment for an author. THE moment, really.
The first part of the story is on the blog, but this is the rest of the story….
I was at Panera writing when my literary agent called. I don’t normally answer my phone at Panera. But, this was my agent calling. Of course I was going to answer the phone! When I did, she asked if I had time to talk. I said yes. She then said something like, “I have some news for you.”
My heart plummeted. (Because that’s the kind of positive thinker I am.) They said no, I’m thinking. I am so not crying in Panera.
“They offered you a contract.”
My agent’s words took a minute to register. I may have squealed, and to add to my annoying-ness in Panera, I think I started pacing. We talked about details for a bit, and after we hung up, I went back to my seat.
The computer screen stared at me. I’d been writing something new (because that’s what writers do while they wait for their fate to be decided). No way could I continue writing! I was too excited. I saved my work, clicked the wrong button and lost the last scene I’d written. Stink. I tried finding it, but after a few minutes I gave up. The words were gone. Oh, well. I could rewrite it. I had more important things to deal with! I packed up and headed out to my car, where I proceeded to call my husband. After sharing the news with him, I realized I had to use the restroom. (Yes, I was too excited to think about mundane details while still inside the restaurant.)
I opened my car door and bam, this huge gust of Colorado wind took my door and slammed it into the side mirror of the car next to me. It sounded horrible, and I was shocked the mirror didn’t go flying off the car. I got out and checked for damages. I don’t know if it was because the car was a Subaru or what, but I couldn’t find a scratch or one single thing wrong with that mirror. In case there was damage I didn’t see, I dug through my car for a napkin, wrote down my information, and stuck it under their windshield wiper.
Then I got into my car and drove away without going in to use the bathroom because I was too embarrassed to go back inside.
And that is the back story to ‘The Call’ and the glamorous life of a debut author.
Jill Lynn lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children who make her laugh on a daily basis. She writes the kind of stories she likes to read–ones filled with humor, grace, and happily ever after. Jill does far more dancing in the kitchen with her family than she does cooking, and she has a thing for coffee, books, boots, and thrift stores. Connect with her at Jill-Lynn.com or on social media!
Click here to visit Falling for Texas’s Amazon page! (The reviews are STELLAR!)
Can you remember a time in your life when you received outstanding news? Please share!
Each person who leaves a comment below will be entered to win Falling for Texas. I’ll draw the winner out of a hat on Monday and announce her name here as well as notify her via e-mail. Thanks for visiting us, Jill! -Becky
CONGRATS TO ANNA STEVENS! YOU’VE WON THE COPY OF JILL’S NOVEL. ENJOY!!!