By Cookie O’Gorman
I have a book coming out this week called ADORKABLE, and I’m so very excited! My nerves are basically shot through with anxiety, but the pure joy is there, too. There’s also a sense of disbelief mixed in with all of the other emotions.
To be honest, I just can’t believe this is happening.
And I know people say that all the time. But seriously: I can’t believe I’ll be able to walk into a bookstore and actually see my book on the shelves.
It’s been a long road to get to this point. From years spent trying to get a literary agent—query letters, anyone?—to finally signing with one, to leaving a couple years later when she was unable to place my book, to waiting a couple more years because my confidence was shattered, to deciding finally to self-publish…and then years later being approached by a publisher…
Again, how is this even happening right now?
Though I write romance, I’ll be the first to admit life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. I wish I wasn’t so acutely aware of this fact—but I am.
It’s the reason I write such happy books. There is too much sorrow and tragedy in the world. We need more happy endings. The world should be a brighter, better place, and I will do everything I can to give my readers (and my characters) a bit of happiness.
ADORKABLE is my debut YA romance novel. It’s about 17-year-old Sally who asks her best friend Becks to be her fake boyfriend for a month. The only problem is she’s been in love with him all her life—and he’s completely clueless.
It’s full of laugh-out-loud moments and swoon-worthy scenes. If you love romance, best friends, fake boyfriends and geeking out, I hope you’ll give it a shot!
And if you see ADORKABLE in stores, now you know what a long journey it took for that little book to get there :).
Spoiler alert: This one ends happy (because there’s already too much sadness in the world—and who doesn’t love a good HEA?).
One person who comments will win a $20 gift card! Good luck!