Prayer of the Newly Published Author
In the last year I’ve “come out of the closet” and admitted I am an erotic romance writer, sold my first book, celebrated my ninth wedding anniversary (my longest relationship outside of…well…You…), received my first book review and have been told my characters suck. Whew! It’s been one heck of a year and all I can say is…Thank you!
Thank You, God, that when I finally gathered my courage and revealed to my father—the pastor—that I write erotic romance he didn’t disown me…or place my name on the permanent prayer list. You know the list, God. The one with the names of people who only show up for church on Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day? Although, when he proceeded to instruct me on the correct way to pen a love scene, including engaging the senses of scent, touch, sound, sight–Well, I would have rather never had to experience that conversation with him, but I’m thankful to You for his acceptance and pride in me.
God, I thank You for my husband. While he harbors no problem with his wife being an erotic romance writer (Hee! Hee! Hee!), he has supported and fostered a dream that originated during our second year of marriage. And not once has he ever told me to let it go. Never has he instructed me to be “realistic” and move on. Sometimes he believed when mine wavered. I thank You, God, for my husband’s sacrifice, his heart, his faith and strength.
And, God, I thank You for loving me. Thank you for reaching out into the great space of Hope, wrapping Your hand of Faith around my dream and bringing it to fruition. Your Word says You aren’t a respecter of persons, and yet, You chose me. That floors me, God…it humbles me. And, so at this time of Thanksgiving—at this time of family, reflection and harvest, I say thank you for the family that supports and loves me, for knowing that all of this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with You, and for the bountiful harvest of dreams and hopes that I continue to reap.
Thank You, Father, for being You.
Naima Simone, an active member of RWA’s Southern Magic Chapter, has been an avid reader all her life. When she finally decided to drag her manuscripts from under her mattress and seriously pursue a career in writing, she discovered she had a lot to learn. Through the mentoring of fellow authors—published and unpublished—her first erotic romantic suspense with Ellora’s Cave Publishing, “Sweet Ultimatum” was released on October 23, 2009. Come visit her at http://www.naimasimone.com!