Then I met another writer who was in a similar boat. We traded manuscripts. We critiqued. I discovered we wrote entirely different sorts of stories, and I was worried she wouldn't want to keep reading for me.
That was over four years ago.
Despite that we greatly differ in genres (hers are warm, emotional, and make you feel good and mine...uh. People die. A lot.) her way of writing has encouraged and inspired me. It's taught me a lot about softening my own writing and not being so afraid about including some happiness and romance-y mush. We're a good match. And I will always be a fan of the brilliant love stories she comes up with.
This girl is one of my best friends and one of the kindest, biggest-hearted women I know. The only bad thing about her is that I still haven't gotten to meet her in person! I feel honored and privileged that I've gotten to watch as she has grown as an author. Throughout rejection, she's kept her head held high. Throughout success, she has remained humble and always in awe, and has never forgotten her journey or the people she met throughout it.
I love this lady. Talented. Smart. Lovely. Kind. Anyone would be lucky to call her a friend. And I just wanted to wish her a very, very Happy Birthday. ♥
Also, GO READ HER BOOKS!