Dream Big

If you’re going to dream, dream big, right? The other day Trish said when I finally make it, I’ll hit big like Cathy Mann. Oh, so exactly the right thing to say. I love Catherine Mann’s books, and I have focused my writing on romantic adventure much the way she focused her writing on military adventure/suspense. If I could follow anybody’s path into SIM, it would be her.

Or maybe I want to be Julie Kenner. How many books does that woman write in a year? And all of them so different. AND with movie options. AND with a baby at home. AND most of them while she was working as a lawyer. Is that discipline or WHAT?

Maybe Suzanne Brockmann. The woman is a brand unto herself, and has fans waiting outside bookstores on the days her books are released.

I used to want to be Nora, you know, for her prolific ways and bestselling status. But you know, she’s Nora.

I don’t think I’d want to be JK Rowling, even if she is worth a billion dollars. A BILLION. She’s only a few months older than me. But that’s way too much pressure, you know? Way too many chances to disappoint.

Whose footsteps would you like to follow?

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Shesawriter said...

Dang it, Mary. What are you doing? I'm reading your blog entry, really thinking about making it big, and sales and being Suzanne Brockmann and all that jazz, then I get to the bottom and what do I find? ANOTHER GERRY PHOTO! You are truly evil. Well, you leave me no choice. I MUST post another too. LOL!


Anonymous said...

I'm open to seeing where this leads me :)

MJFredrick said...

Tanya, but it's such a beautiful Gerry photo. And I posted it for JoAnn. Really. She needs this ;)

Bonnie, you're right. It's not like we have all that much control over our careers anyway. But if I could be in anyone's publishing shoes, it would be Cathy Mann's.

Trish Milburn said...

I'm glad it was the right thing to say. :) I've seen so many authors go from unpublished to super published in what seems, from the outside, in such a short time -- Cathy and Julie among them. There are so many careers I admire for so many different reasons. Gayle Wilson's because she writes Intrigues and historicals (though I'd be doing something single title and contemporary), Deborah Smith's because she's such a great, evocative southern writer, Stephanie Rowe's and Nora's because they're super prolific like I want to be when I'm published.

MJFredrick said...

Trish, you're superprolific now!

Super-published. I like that.

Anonymous said...

Mar, I so very much appreciated that Gerry pic today...you have no idea!

Who do I want to be when I grow up...hmm...I'd like to be Kelley Armstrong or Rachael Caine. They both have written paranormal with romance series that I simply cannot live without reading. I'd like to be Deb Donnelly and write a cozy mystery series with romance as well done as hers. I'd like to be Pam Morsi and write women's fiction as amazing as hers. In the meantime, I just keep plugging away. :)

Speaking of plugging away, off went my entire ms to the epub who'd requested to see it if HI took a pass. I still have a hard time just thinking about any of this at the moment, but off it went anyway. And so it goes.


Dixie Belle said...

I love your blog! Keep dreaming big. Also you're right about what other people (non-writers) do. It doesn't seem to be that great to me. Also sacrifice seems to be par for the course. I took a 2nd shift job so I could write in the mornings. I no longer have a kid at home so I'm hoping I can get more accomplished this way.

MJFredrick said...

I wish there was an emoticon for standing up and whistling, JoAnn, because that's what I'm doing. GOOD FOR YOU!

Dixie, I'm glad you like my blog. It's a lot of fun! Great idea of rescheduling your job to give you time to write.

Shesawriter said...


Wanted to give you a {{{BIG HUG}}}about that contest you were talking about on eharlequin. Keep plugging away, lady. Don't sweat the small stuff. Need I remind you that these things ARE craps shoots. It's all about the roll of the dice. You've got the talent. Don't ever forget that.

Hugs again,


Anonymous said...

Um, I think I'd like to try the pressure of being JK Rowling. :)

MJFredrick said...

Thanks, Tanya. I feel like a big whiner about the contests, but honestly, I feel like I'm moving backwards, you know?

Michelle, really? Maybe if it wasn't a series, that would be less scary. But then she's had the whole series in her head, right? So she has been leading up to book 7.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I used to think whose career I'd like to have, but now I just want to be me, and see where this publishing thing takes me. I guess I'd like to be able to write across genres, and be able to sell.

MJFredrick said...

Elizabeth, sounds like a good plan.

I think it's interesting how many of you want to write in different genres. I'm definitely a romance/adventure girl. After watching Bride and Prejudice today (FUN movie) I was wishing I could write straight romance. Maybe further down the road....

Shesawriter said...


You said you feel like a big whiner. Well, whine all you want. A non-final is disappointing but remember, IT MEANS NOTHING. That's right. NOTHING. When you've got talent (and you do) it's nothing more than the roll of the dice. You just didn't get the right judges, is all. Don't ever forget that. Not everyone is going to like our voices. You can still write, sweetie. Just keep plugging away.



MJFredrick said...

Gosh, Tanya, thank you so much! I'm plugging, I'm plugging!


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