Yeesh. Well, here we go.

For over a year, I worked at a company that I enjoyed a lot. It sold a product that I believe in, taught me a ton about my profession, and introduced me to a lot of new friends. It was kind of the perfect place to work.

So why did I leave?

Well, it was for a handful of reasons, but the main reason is that my true passion lies in storytelling. If you’re reading this, that means you probably follow my blog and you’ve definitely figured this out by now. I love telling stories. I love entertaining people. I love making them feel something that touches their heart or gets them to think.

When I watch a movie, a TV show, or read a book, I find myself analyzing it to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Why did this part make you cry? Why do people love this character so much? How did the writer connect all the pieces to this big reveal? And most importantly, how can I do all this for my readers?

Right now, I’m in the process of writing the third book in a trilogy, and I care deeply about making sure this volume hits all the right emotional keys. I want to leave people with something that they’ll carry with them forever–a story that’ll cause them to think about their family, life after death, and the importance to staying true to who you are. For that, I felt like I needed to create an environment where I could completely focus on it.

Seems a little irresponsible, right? Well, maybe. But I’ve always been very good at saving money and I have a comfortable little cash cushion that will last me a long while. So long, as a matter of fact, that I’m giving myself a budget to market my books for the next few months. My last job taught me a ton about finding your audience, creating copy and design that drive results, and creating an experience. Now I’m ready to put that into practice. It’s time to bring my work to the rest of the world.

So if you’re reading this, wish me luck! The road that I’ll be on for the next few months will be challenging, but I’m ready for the challenge and I’m stoked for the things I’ll learn.

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