Violetta Rand: Dreams come true…

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Like most new writers, I get a daily dose of melancholy. Write a new scene—question its integrity—change a couple words—read it again—laugh and scratch my head—erase a few sentences—hit Control Z—smile—read it again—give up and move on. Turns out, the scene was just fine. That’s a moment inside this writer’s head.

Certain things help me move forward. Not rituals. Just silly tools I use to boost my writing spirit. The best one … a clipping from a magazine from my doctor’s office. I taped it to the wall above my computer and read it every day. This little article contains thumbnail sketches about the supposed failures (so critics say) of superstars like Walt Disney and Elton John (written by Andrew Lock: Small Biz Marketing). Here’s one of my favorites…

A friend of mine in the music industry personally auditioned a singer by the name of Reg Dwight in the 1960s. He unceremoniously shoved the singer out of his office for wasting his time. That singer is now better known as Elton John.

The A-list talent rejected before they found their patch of happiness in the world was astounding.

Thomas Edison’s teachers said “he was too stupid to learn anything” and Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Really?

Mr. Lock advises to use bad experiences as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks. Great advice. The only stumbling block in my path is myself.

Dreams come true. No matter how big or small. As writers, I think we dream pretty big. We pray for success on many levels. Sure, selling lots of copies of my latest release will help pay my bills. But, that’s not what I’m looking for exactly. Validation? Appreciation? Sometimes. For me it’s all about the story. Connecting with readers and other writers. Showing them how human I am. And providing hope with my happily-ever-after.

So, kick fear to the curb. Dreams come true. And last week I was blessed to live one of mine. I signed with Random House.  🙂

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VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

23 Responses

  1. ginaconkle2013

    Hi Violetta,
    So true. We can be our own worst enemy. As I read your post I thought of my hero, Albert Einstein, who dropped out of high school at 16 and became a patent clerk because he was flunking. Pretty amazing. Happy Viking writing! ~Gina

    • Violetta Rand

      Thanks Gina. Funny you should mention Einstein, he’s also highlighted in the article. Teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything and at seven, his parents thought he was “subnormal.” Agreed, amazing stories.

  2. Maggi Andersen

    That’s wonderful! Congrats! I consider this a wonderful pep talk, Gina, thanks! The music’s playing, kettle’s on and a day of writing awaits!.

  3. Barbara Monajem

    Great news, Violetta!! Can you tell us more about the series?

    • Violetta Rand

      Hello Barb, sure, here’s a peek at The Devil’s Dancer …
      A hot MIT grad returning to his Texas roots meets a vulnerable college student working as an exotic dancer whose need to escape her shattered past threatens to keep them from their perfect future…

      Thanks for visiting.

      • Barbara Monajem

        Wow, that’s quite a change from Vikings! Congrats again. 🙂

  4. Sandra Owens

    Congratulations on signing with Random House, Violetta. Yes, dreams do come true, but we all know it took hard work on your part to make that dream happen. Well done!

  5. Meggan Connors

    I think this is a great post to remind everyone that, with enough patience and hard work, dreams can and do come true. I am so glad that yours did! A big six publishing contract is a dream for many of us, but you did it! Good for you!

    • Violetta Rand

      Hello Harliqueen. I’m happy you found the post motivating. I’m ALWAYS looking for inspiration. I checked out your bog–love your voice.