As part of her blog tour to introduce the release of her novel, Playing House, Mira Day has agreed to write a guest post for our blog. To view our blog post on Playing House and to peorder your copy, please click here. You may also check out our interview with her by clicking here.
Hi, everyone! My name is Mira Day and I’m releasing my debut novel, Playing House on Sept. 1st. Katrina has been so sweet to let me join you guys today.
Playing House has been a work in progress for the last 3, maybe 4 years now. I started writing it after a friend and I started talking about the books being published and how awesome it would be to do that. So, I did. I was without a TV and internet, living alone. I needed something to do because staring at a white wall was getting old, fast!
I had been working in the food industry for 14 years at that point and always had a fantasy of some handsome man coming and stealing me away from waiting tables. We’d travel the world, eating delicious food and drinking some of the best wines. *sigh*
Sorry—got caught up in my own thoughts.
That fantasy is where Playing House came from. It follows the story of Hannah, a strong, independent woman who feels like she’s just spinning her wheels. She’s a little nervous taking the necessary steps to further her career as a chef. After finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her, she’s forced to turn to a stranger for safety.
So here I am, days away from my release. I’m going to share with you guys some of the things I learned along the way. And believe me, there’s a lot! I’ll just give you my top three:
- Make friends—with everyone! You never know who someone is. Some of my biggest supporters are people I’ve never met face to face. They are my allies and have been helping me every step of the way.
- Write, edit, revise, edit, revise, edit, and repeat. And then do it again. I was so ready to publish the moment I wrote ‘The End’. I’m so grateful that my mentor stopped me. She told me to step back and really edit my work. To clean it and polish it and to make sure it was the best version I could do. After I sent that to her, we did 25 chapters of rewrites. Sure, it pushed my goal of publication back, but now, I have a story that exceeds my wildest dreams.
- Remember that every writer starts somewhere. There will be days where you spit out words, plots, characters and twists. You’ll think the literary gold you just produced will be studied by English professional and be the platform for what every other book in the world is measured by. And by the next day, you’ll struggle to remember which to (too, or two?!) to use. The cursor will taunt you, blinking alone on the page, telling you that you should just give up now and save yourself the embarrassment. For the love of everything, DO NOT LISTEN TO THAT CURSOR! We all have those moments of doubt. That’s why we have a support system. To talk us away from that moment of despair. Don’t let the lack of words discourage you. Clear your mind and just imagine what could happen. The rest will come.
Writing and publishing has been thrilling and scary. You’re putting a piece of art on display for the world to see. Some may love it, some may not. But don’t worry about that. As long as you’re happy doing whatever it is you do, that’s all that matters. If I had put much thought into how others felt about my work, I wouldn’t be releasing Playing House now. And that would just be an injustice to myself. 🙂