|Lenora with Winnie Griggs and Betsy St Armant|
Second, don’t look back. Do NOT compare yourself with everyone else. If you do, you’ll start to doubt and this is a writer’s worst enemy. Doubt creeps in each time you read a review that tears your work to shreds. Doubt takes over each time a friend or a writer you don’t even know wins the award you covet or makes it onto a list where your name should be. Don’t give in to doubt and don’t look around and compare yourself to others. Keep your eye on the prize. The prize is to write the best books possible and see them in the bookstores. The ultimate prize is to touch the lives of others with your words.
Now, number four—Give back as much as you can, but don’t give away yourself. You can’t do it all. You must stop and think—Why am I here? You are here because you want to write books. If everything else is crowding around to the point that writing has become second (in your job area), stop and reconsider saying NO to some things. This doesn’t mean you have to sell off your children and lock your doors to friends. This just means you need to guard the writing. I call this “going underground.” Sometimes you have to push everything out of the way in order to meet the obligation of your craft.
|Flower when Lenora made the NYT Bestseller list|
January 2011--Because of Jane
Feb 2011--Body of Evidence (NY Times Bestseller!!! Mass Market Paperbacks)
May 2011--Hometown Sweetheart
Sept 2011--The Doctor's Family