I’ve finished. Done. Completed what I set out to do. I’ve published the Diamond Peak series. I’ve got my hero and heroine to the top of the mountain, despite their and my difficulties. The four books are there now for posterity, and even though most people will have no idea of the profound nature of the story, I know what I’ve done and I know that it’s extraordinary. I’ve written a kind of Buddhist Pilgrim’s Progress and I’ve done it well. (I can say that safely, because some of the fussiest reviewers around have checked out and passed every book.)
Some of you were here at the beginning when I was looking for a publisher for Lethal Inheritance, and I say thank you to those who have shared this journey with me. You followed me through the rejection letters, the deliberations about self-publishing and the eventual parting with my agent and taking the leap to create my own publishing company. I began writing the series in 2007 and had the whole series in draft form when I got my agent and began this blog in 2010. In 2011 I published a collection of short stories, followed by You Can’t Shatter Me in 2012, and then I took the plunge with Lethal Inheritance at the end of 2012. This year I completed the series. It took me 5 years to finish this project, and I published 2 extra books while I waited for my agent to find a publisher for my baby, the Diamond Peak Series.
It’s been quite a journey. And now it’s over.
The books in the Diamond Peak Series are no ordinary novels; they’re designed to benefit their readers by fostering awareness and compassion. They’re a comprehensive analogy for the Buddhist path to enlightenment, written by someone who has studied, practiced and taught Tibetan Buddhism for fifteen years, 12 of them in home retreat. No matter what your faith, these books are special, for the wisdom at their core speaks to everyone. Within these books are the tools you need to work with your mind to find peace and clarity and to work with your heart to find love and compassion. I can’t top that.
The overriding motivation for everything I do is to help people; it always has been, from the time I began to consider what I wanted to do with my life. I chose to do that in two ways, teaching and art. I don’t find it strange, therefore, that I am now earning most of my income in this business by helping others to improve their work. It’s something I happen to do well, and its easy for me, it’s a karmic propensity. So I’ll keep doing that, but more stories?
I have a novella prequel for the Diamond Peak Series that is almost finished, so I’ll probably finish that since it’s almost done. It’s a paranormal romance about how Ariel’s mother met her father. It’s not terribly profound, but it will appeal to a different audience than what I market the rest of the series to, and who knows, maybe they’ll then read the series. If my partner thinks it’s good enough, I’ll publish it, if he doesn’t, I won’t, because I’m happy with what I’ve done.
I’ll publish the paperbacks for the series so those without e-readers can read the whole series, (only Lethal Inheritance is in paperback at the moment) and I have other ideas for books, but I’m not sure they’re worth the effort. What is the point of writing just another book to join all the others clambering for an audience? I need more reason that just writing a story to inspire me to follow through with the long process to publication.
Prunella Smith is a character that lurks in my imagination. She may come up with something worth doing, or she may not. We’ll see. In the meantime, I have enough to do helping others to realise their dreams.
Do you remember the song?