A Look Back

I realized today that I haven’t blogged at all since Deny released. Not a good way to go about keeping up my social media presence.

At the beginning of December, my carpal tunnel syndrome started acting up again in my right wrist. I’m still not sure what set it off. You’d think spending 11 to 12 hours a day on the computer to get Deny out into the world would’ve caused problems, but it didn’t. But when I cut back my time on the computer to give myself a break, then it got bad again. So I cut out even more computer time (including blogging) until my wrist no longer hurt. Thankfully, the pain is gone now, so I’m back. 🙂

A New Year 2016

It’s the day after New Year’s, so it’s as good a time as any to look back and reflect. God did so many amazing things in my life this year, I’m still blown away. Especially once I started making a list.

This time last year, I had just finished writing three manuscripts for what I had called The Blades of Acktar. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them or what publishing route God wanted me to pursue. I was waiting for my first professional edit to come back on Dare from Nadine Brandes, an editor I was just beginning to get to know. I’d just connected with Angie Brashear online and began pestering her with questions on indie publishing. And I’d just heard of Jaye L. Knight. I’d only had a blog for a few months, and I wasn’t even on Goodreads yet, much less most of the other social media sites.

Crazy, when I think about it. Now I have so many writing friends online I’m blown away. I connected with the wonderful Kim Moss through a book launch team we were on together. Angie Brashear became a prayer warrior who helped pray Deny into existence. I don’t know what I’d do without Nadine as a friend and mentor. And Jaye’s encouragement has been amazing. All the other bloggers and fellow authors who volunteered for my launch team: Claire, Shantelle, Hope, Alyssa, Abigail, Jessica, Gabriela. Sierra, my amazing critique partner who helped so much. All the fans who have contacted me or written reviews or simply interacted in some way on line. I can’t believe that a year ago, I didn’t really know any of you.

I now have two published book and a third in the process of publication. My three book series turned into four. Dare hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for Christian Fantasy (sharing the list with such estimable writers as Jill Williamson, Jaye L. Knight, and Patrick Carr. Seriously never thought I’d see my books anywhere near theirs on a bestseller list!). Deny hit the #1 Hot Newest Release in Christian Fantasy for the first month after its release, and both Dare and Deny are still bouncing around in the top 20 on the Christian Fantasy bestseller list. I am so blown away by the response to these books.

I’m excited to see what God does with 2016.


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  • Savannah Perran says:

    I just recently finished reading Dare and Deny, and I absolutely loved them! After finishing, I told my sisters they must read the series as well, because it’s amazing :). I’m so glad that God helped this book come to be, it really inspired me. You’re a wonderful author Ms. Mingerink, I can’t wait until Defy comes out! Happy New Year!

  • Shantelle says:

    Aw, what a beautiful (and sometimes stressful and hard, I’m sure) journey! I’m so happy it’s going so well for you, and hope it continues to get even better! ^_^ Your books are amazing! Praying God’s blessings on them and on you! <3

    And hope your wrist continues to feel good! I'm sure it's no fun to have that kind of pain, especially when you're a writer!

    Oh, and it's just wonderful having Dare and Deny on my shelf!! 😀 <3

    Blessings!

    • Awww, thanks, Shantelle! Thanks for your encouragement and your enjoyment of Dare and Deny. 🙂

      Having carpal tunnel was one thing that I always told myself that I’d probably have by the time I was forty. I figured it was logical since I was a writer. I didn’t count on starting to get it when I was 21. I’ve figured out some ways to deal with it, but it is frustrating that even with all the ergonomic changes I’ve made, it still flares up occasionally.

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