ABC – Day 17 – Biggest Surprise

Biggest surprise

Biggest surprise

What has been the biggest surprise about writing/publishing your book? What has been the most enjoyable or most memorable aspect?

I’ve been thinking about this since I read this prompt. At first I couldn’t think of anything, then it hit me.

One of the most surprising things about publishing my book and having others read it was how others related to my story!

A lot of the story in Swallow Me, NOW! is based on my own experiences. At the time, I felt like I was the only one being bullied, and I was the only kid to ever get picked on and feel left out. Some of the incidents are also based on things that happened to my kids, and those resonate with readers too. Even before the book was published and it was going through beta readers, the incidents in the book resonated.

I knew I had a good story, and one that needed to be told, but I never expected how much people would enjoy the story.

For the next book I’m working on, I’ve been researching Aussie Rules Football. This is a topic I never, ever thought I would be researching, let alone writing about. Sport has never been my thing. With this, one of the most surprising things has been how much I’ve enjoyed it. Knowing more about the history and nuts and bolts of the game is giving me a better understanding of it. I don’t think I’ll ever be a football fan, but I’m no longer someone who hates it.

As far as the most enjoyable or memorable aspect – that would have to be my book launch. Or the day I received my first box of books.

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  1. Hi Melissa,
    Interesting! I didn’t know your book was about bullying. The title really grabs the reader.
    When I wrote my own book, it was exciting to see that people who didn’t know anything about vision loss got so much out of it. That they could relate to a lot of it because they have had to overcome challenges. It feels so rewarding when I get a review like that. 🙂

    • Thanks Amy. Swallow Me, NOW! is about Sam, a missionary kid who is adjusting to life in a new school. She starts off with being excluded and then it escalates. The story is about how she deals with it.

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