Writing a book can be a daunting endeavor, but one that is also full of rewards and blessings, most of which you will never see coming. It is not a task for the faint of heart, but it will set you on a journey of discovery like none other. I learned that I have no limits when it comes to my writing (and in many other aspects of my life) other than those I set upon myself. When I refrain from seeing things as obstacles and instead view them as opportunities, my writing flows with joy and grace, and I am contented for that day. The next day is simply a new day to write with fire and heart, to create something which I hope will draw others in and make them feel inspired.
When I first began to write my "Donemere's Music" series, I believed I would be lucky to get more than a hundred pages written. Seven years later, I had over eleven hundred pages in just that one book! I knew that book was unpublishable in its extant form, so I wrote a book in an entirely different series and genre and left DM alone for several years.
During that intervening period, I also traveled to and worked on two other continents, which included living in Chile for three years. I returned to the US and, in late 2015, I decided to make DM a viable story. To that end, I split the megabook I'd written previously, took out any real-world references (mostly songs), and started to imagine more. The results of those efforts are the first two books in the series, both of which are showcased on my website, www.cherylagross.com.
I find that other people are perhaps a bit more impressed than I am by the fact that I have two books published and am working hard on the third book in the same series. For me, it is a matter of course, as essential as breathing, so it does not appear all that praiseworthy to me to have accomplished all that--exciting, yes, but not worthy of anyone's awe. And that is wrong of me, because I am highly pleased with the results of my efforts. The books are good, really good, and the story is just getting started. I can't wait to see where my characters take me next.