So many fun people, going to so many fun places that none of us are going to!!! >:( But, we can be happy for them, right? Now that I’ve scared you all away, let’s welcome Kris Cook! I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I hear he’s all around awesome. In fact, it’s more like I kinda wish he wasn’t so great, so I wouldn’t feel like I’m missing out by not knowing him. Alas, such is life. But! We all get to meet him virtually! That’s got to be a close second, right? … Right!?!?
Limecello, thank you for this opportunity to be on your blog.
I’m writing this at 7:11am in Chicago. (Perfect! Cuz I’m scheduling this at 2:37 AM! I don’t know why but it’s fitting in my brain. Probably because of the time.) I couldn’t sleep very well last night. I never do when I’m away from home. So, please forgive me if this sounds like rambling, but I’m going to do my best.
The first thing I want to share with you is what it was like to finish my very first book. I’d always written plays and screenplays prior to that. Attempting a novel was overwhelming to me. So many words. It took years of prodding by my very dear friend Shayla Black to complete Perfection: Eternally Three, but I finally did in early 2009. I actually have two copies of it with me that I’m giving to two friends here in Chicago—Liz and Michelle. Even now, 2 ½ years later, I am so happy I wrote Jared, Bradley, and Micki’s book.
The next thing I’d like to share with you is what it was like to get published for the first time. Well, that can’t be hard to fathom for anyone. I was stunned, thrilled, and amazed… and more. The emotions were all over the map. I felt like I’d arrived. Since, I realize that moment was just a step on a road that is sometimes difficult, often surprising, but mostly wonderful.
I’d also like to share with you what it has been like since I was able to go full time as an author. September 16, 2011, I left the Fortune 20 company I’d been at for 13 years. My very first thoughts – “Why the hell did I quit a perfectly good job?” and “What if this writing thing flat lines on me?” followed by the adult word that begins with the letter ‘F’. It took me about two months to really let go of my old life and grab my new life with both hands with the help of my three wonderful friends: Melissa Schroeder, Sophie Oak, and Shayla Black. Much of my success is because of the love and support I get from them.
Finally, please know that whatever your dreams are you should reach for them. I’ve always been a dreamer, but like many people, would sabotage myself with doubt, fear, and whatever else I could put in my way to hold me back. Thankfully, I had enough courage to begin telling people I was writing long before I was published. I shared with friends, family and others my dreams of being a full-time author. Yes, there were nay-sayers and dream-smashers along the way, but the more I said it the more it felt real to me. Now, it is definitely my reality. I encourage you to embrace your dreams. Say them to people, especially those you love and trust. Don’t hold back. I bet your dreams are begging to be released into the world to change your life in ways you can’t even imagine. You might be like me with old tapes in our head saying it’s best to be satisfied with what you have, that you don’t deserve the very best. I say to you that you deserve everything you dream and more.
My very last two words to you – Dream Big!
BIO - A military brat to the core, Kris Cook never put down deep roots in any particular geographic location. Until Texas. Why? Kris loves the sun.
A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer’s favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges.
Kris’s books have been in the top ten on several bestseller lists, including a few of Amazon’s Best Seller lists. The latest books by Kris are Primal Desire: Texas Wolf Pack 2 and Lea’s Menage Diary.