I was blindsided last night by the outpouring of love and support that I received from so many people. I held a launch party for my newest release, Whispering Vines, available today in print and ebook. The large reception room at Scossa’s Restaurant and Lounge was standing room only with friends, family, fellow writers, and even strangers who all came to purchase my new book. By the end of the event, I was completely sold out of that book and had sold numerous copies of my earlier books. It was an evening I will never forget.
I often hear it said that the life of a writer is lonely and depressing. Many writers spend their days in isolation, writing at home, locked away from the world. Many of the world’s greatest authors lived painful lives of solitude, often turning to drugs or alcohol, with many committing suicide. I’ve never been able to reconcile that type of existence with my own life. I’ve been asked many times how I find time to write, and I’ve had several people tell me that I have to slow down, stop volunteering, and curb my social life and family trips. It seems that now that I am an author, I am expected to close myself off from the world and spend twenty-four hours a day with my fingertips glued to the keys of my laptop. Last night was a reaffirmation that becoming a hermit is the last thing I should do.
I thrive on relationships. The more time I can spend with my family, the better. The times I’m able to sneak away with friends are blessings. Everyday interactions with other school parents and volunteers are essential to my well-being. Leading a week-long volunteer camp is crucial for my happiness and feeling of self-worth. And it’s from these many people and moments that I find my inspiration. Most of my characters are based on people I know. All of the settings are based on places I have visited. And the storylines are always inspired by experiences I’ve had or stories I’ve heard from others. Where would I be, where would my writing be, if I didn’t have such a strong connection to other people?
So I would like to thank everyone who has supported my writing, all of those who have bought my books, those who were at the party last night, and every person who has touched my life in some way. You are all my inspiration, my muses. They are your faces that I see when I am describing characters, your homes and your families. They are our conversations that I recreate, and it is your friendship and love that resonates in the stories that I tell. The success of my writing can be contributed to every one of you, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
Amy Schisler is an award winning author of both children’s books and novels for readers of all ages. She lives with her husband and three daughters on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her latest book, Picture Me, is the recipient of an Illumination Award, placing it among the top three eBooks of 2015. Her latest book, Whispering Vines, is now available for purchase.
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Amy’s books: Crabbing With Granddad (2013), A Place to Call Home (2014), Picture Me (2015), Whispering Vines (2016)