Ah, I am so excited to finally be able to share my novel with you all! It’s been a long time coming, but I can finally say that it’s officially done.
Here it is, guys: The Malicious Wind
Really, that’s it! That’s the link. The story is posted on a website that I’ve built myself. You don’t need to buy anything. Just read! No catch! Yay!
I never quite believed I’d get to this point, so I admit, it’s a little hard for me to think of what to say.
I think right now, I’m just basking in the feeling of happiness and relief. Happy, because it’s nice to arrive at the end of a project that I worked extremely hard on. It’s heart-warming to look back and think of the first time I picked up my notebook and started to outline this novel. To be honest, most of the time when I was working on this story, I often felt behind. I would see many new authors coming out with their debut novels — many of whom were around my age or younger — and there I was, each draft taking me almost half-a-year to write. In hindsight, I think I should have cut myself a little more slack. To think that I was able to write a novel while I was going to school or working full-time (sometimes both), well, I think I should be a little proud of myself.
I am also relieved, because it’s been four years! It feels so long! Sano and Anina’s story is so dear to my heart, and I have longed to release their story out in the world. I am not the most patient person, but I knew that if I wanted Sano and Anina’s story to resonate with others, I had to hone my craft. And that took a lot of time and effort. There were times when I felt discouraged, when I felt that my skills would not be enough to deliver this story. And I’m definitely not saying that this novel is perfect — but it’s at a level that I’m very satisfied with.
I already have plans for my next project, but before I jump in those, I will take some days off to just savour this state of having finished something. Who knows, maybe my next project will take another four years! (Oh dear, I sincerely hope not!)