Awesome question by Sarah from Qld! The video link is below:
Essentially, definitely telling people. Quite frankly, I'm not all that great at marketing. The idea of putting a part of my soul out there, in the big bad world, for public dissection is terrifying. And then actively choosing to tell people...nope! Total chicken!
I actually told very few people when I started writing the book - in fact, only my husband knew. When I knew I had something to work with, and I was pretty confident I was going to finish it, my closest friends knew about it.
When it was done, the first people to read it were my sisters-in-law and my parents. My Dad is a particularly avid reader, and I guess my love of reading comes from him. Vault of Verona isn't his usual crime thriller, but I guess he has to love me, right?! He enjoyed the story, and alongside my sister in law and close friend (and of course my husband) they supported me and pushed for me to get the story out there. I got the courage to take the final leap of faith and publish.
And man am I glad that I did. It's only been 6 weeks since VoV was first released, and it's been a crazy ride already. I can't wait to see what the next six months brings. I have to thank the amazing people around me, professionally in my teaching career, who have taken a very reluctant writer and dragged her into the spotlight, sometimes kicking and screaming. Most people would have walked away and put it in the too hard basket, but your persistence has taught me that I can do this, and if it sometimes makes my heart pound and my hands sweaty, well hey, I'm doing life right.