"You don't have an MFA," the inner gremlin challenged.
"Who is going to read a book you write?" the inner doubt questioned arrogantly.
The greater pain won, because as the late, great Maya Angelou once said, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
With Alice's eye opening feedback, I rewrote, edited, and wrote some more. I hired Alice to meet with me on a regular basis to review where the story was going, read some parts for feedback, and basically provide me some assurance that I was writing something that maybe someone else would enjoy reading.
Then came the victory! My book was published, my marketing campaign began and my book was for sale on Amazon. Wow, where would it go?
The balloon I was floating on quickly popped with my first reader review, a scathing, one-star review. I wanted to hide under my bed, to be honest.
All those gremlins inside were laughing, "We told you!"
I called Alice. She had the perfect antidote. She shared the quote that Dr. Brene Brown, who was just started to share her work on vulnerability with the world at the time, references in her work.
Admittedly, a lot slower than I would have liked; patience has never been one of my virtues, other reviews weighed in, comments were made on social media, calls from friends, and emails from readers, who liked the book. The joy of seeing my book rated four stars, and readers, who I didn't know, post why they liked the book spurred me on to write an unintended sequel, The Sound Of The Crow.
My confidence grew, and so did my creativity. I wrote and published a third book, CoolGrannies. Imagine my delight receiving this amazing compliment from best-selling author, Mary Pipher: