Monday, September 22, 2014

Guest Blog: T.B. Markinson, Confessions

I'm so excited to help T.B. Markinson celebrate the release of her third book! Confessions from a Coffee Shop is the story of a Harvard basketball star-turned-novelist. Check out the awesome cover:

Today, T.B. is writing about my personal favorite subject: her journey to publication. I think it's something that many of us will be able to relate to.

My Journey to Publication
by T.B. Markinson

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In fact, that dream was instilled in me when I was in the sixth grade. Why then did it take me thirty-nine years to finally take it seriously? One word: life.  And excuses. 

The years passed. The excuses continued. Then in 2011, something huge happened. My partner was transferred to London, England. At the time, we were living in Boston, Massachusetts. All of a sudden I was unemployed and away from family and friends. 

My excuses were gone. Before we agreed to move, my partner and I discussed the pros and cons of moving to a different country. One issue was what I would do. I wish I could say I was jumping up and down, shouting, “I’ll write.” Nope. It was my partner who knew my ambition and she strongly suggested that I shouldn’t be a fool and take the time to focus on my writing. It’s not every day someone is handed this opportunity. And my partner urged me not to waste the chance. 

Without my partner’s love and support, I may never have had the courage to chase my dream. No one in my personal life discouraged me from writing. No one put pressure on me to put other things ahead of my dream. I did that all on my own and if it wasn’t for my partner, I may still be doing that. 

Since moving to London, I’ve published three novels: A WOMAN LOST, MARIONETTE, and CONFESSIONS FROM A COFFEE SHOP. 

Turns out once the excuses diminished, I’ve been able to focus on what’s important to me. Now I have balance. I still go out with friends and family. I still have fun. I still deal with life. But I also write.  

So if you want to be an author, don’t let anything stop you. All that matters is chasing your dream. Never give up. 

About T.B. Markinson

T. B. Markinson is a 40-year old American writer, living in England, who pledged she would publish before she was 35. Better late than never. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling around the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in England, or taking the dog for a walk. Not necessarily in that order. T. B. has published A Woman Lost, Marionette, and Confessions from A Coffee Shop.

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