This week I am so pleased to have special guest Dianna Benson who has signed a 9 (yes 9) book deal. Just read her bio to see her other accolades.
It It Worth It?
This is a question I often ask my son. He’s a hockey goalie for the Jr. Hurricanes; the OHL and USHL are interested in drafting him before he moves on to play college hockey. After two concussions, a separated shoulder, and a list of other injuries, as his mom I can’t help asking him that question. Unfortunately, he turns it back on me:
1) “Mom, you were a college athlete; you get the need to play your sport.”
2) “Is your EMS career worth it?”
3) “Is your writing career worth it?”
Wow. Hmm. Yes, absolutely, my EMS career is worth worsening my back injury, it’s worth risking my life and health. After all, I’m helping others, and I have the need for that adrenaline rush (like law enforcers, firefighters and other EMTs). And…yes, absolutely, my writing career is worth it, no matter what. As with any career, there are good things and bad things. I try to focus on the positives and ignore the negatives, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s beyond difficult. If you’re a writer, you get it.
I’ve decided to view my writing career as this: Authors often experience such amazing highs and such ultra lows (example: an incredibly complimentary review and endless weeks where the writing just isn’t flowing). But if I keep grounded and remember my love of writing—my love to write fascinating characters in an enthralling story—then things work themselves out; I just need to be patient. I believe things always work out for the best, even if we can’t see it or understand it at that moment…or ever. My job as a writer isn’t life or death. Like athletes, musicians, actors, etc., I’m not curing cancer; I’m just an entertainer, nothing more. It’s about perspective and knowing I’m walking the career trail God wants me to live my life on, and that’s what is important. Everyone is different and I found my way, my path. Yes, it’s often rocky and steep, but that’s the point. The bad things in life make the good things even better. If life was easy, we’d be bored plus we wouldn’t grow our souls into what God has planned for them after our bodies die. So, I try to think of the rough stuff as a welcome gift from God. He has a plan and I trust that.
May God bless you with a life filled with joys and trials!
Dianna T. Benson is a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. In 2012, she signed a nine-book contract with Ellechor Publishing House. Her first book, The Hidden Son, released in print world-wide March 1, 2013.
After majoring in communications and a ten-year career as a travel agent, Dianna left the travel industry to earn her EMS degree. An EMT and a Haz-Mat and FEMA Operative since 2005, she loves the adrenaline rush of responding to medical emergencies and helping people in need. Her suspense novels about adventurous characters thrown into tremendous circumstances provide readers with a similar kind of rush.
Dianna lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three athletic children.
The Hidden Son
When U.S. DEA Special Agent Lelisa Desmond refuses to follow an order to bury evidence in a high profile case, her superior hires a hit man to kill her deep in the ocean off Grand Cayman Island. Lelisa survives the first attempt on her life, but someone close to her is mistakenly murdered in her place.
With no one to trust, Lelisa enlists Inspector Alec Dyer for help but learns she’s his number one suspect in the scuba diving homicide. She sets off on a daring mission to bring down the man who ordered her execution. A man in a high position, with powerful friends. A man who will stop at nothing to silence her forever in order to hide his son’s crimes.