Wednesday, October 2, 2019

On Those Days You Wonder Why… by Hannah Currie

My debut YA novel, Heart of a Royal, releases 15 October 2019. There’s something so ridiculously exciting about being able to say that. Not only because it’s cool in its own right (my name is on the front of a book!!!) but because it’s a miracle. Really. One of those things where God did what only God could do.

I’m an introvert, well-accustomed to the fight against anxiety, have a chronic disease which limits my strength and live on the opposite side of the world to the majority of Christian publishers. I set out on this road to publication almost a decade ago with no publishing contacts, a tiny platform and very little chance of ever making my way out of anyone’s slush pile. It was disheartening, to say the least.

And yet, every time I wondered if it was time to give up on my dream of being published, God would send along someone to give me hope.

A rejection, with a personal note from the agent telling me what I’d done well. A competition judge saying they couldn’t wait to read the whole book. A text from a friend complaining that an early draft I’d sent her had kept her up all night reading – the night before she was heading off to Olympic trials. A hand-written note from my 95-year-old Grandma, whose memory is failing but still prays for my writing and wanted to let me know. The time I knelt beside my bed one night, crying and begging God to give me some direction only to wake up the next morning to an email, totally out of the blue, from a multi-published author who’d been an anonymous judge in a competition I entered and wanted to encourage me and ask if there was any way she could help me figure out what next.

I knew God was faithful before I started writing but looking back, over almost a decade of writing and sending out proposals and not knowing what the next step would be until it was right under my nose, I couldn’t possibly doubt it.

He is faithful, and he is the God of the impossible. One look at my book and I’m reminded of that.

Whatever you’re facing today – an empty page, a rejection, a character who won’t behave, the letting go of a dream, more expectations than you can handle or one of those million-and-one things that’s just one too many to deal with – God is faithful. There is hope. God still does miracles. He’s held you before, he’s still holding you now. You aren’t forgotten. Your dream still matters. Where you are today is not the end. God is still writing your story just like he’s writing mine.

And I, for one, can’t wait to read it! 


Where you are today is not the end. God is still writing your story just like he’s writing mine. #SeriouslyWrite #amwriting

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Aussie author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. A book nerd from birth, she knows firsthand the difference a good book can make in a person’s life. Even, and especially, fiction. She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. She loves to connect with readers at www.hannahcurrie.com.

14 comments:

  1. Hannah, love your story! people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!)-so with you on this one. Congratulations on your debut novel! The cover is gorgeous.

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    1. Thankyou! I'm so in love with the cover... :D Roseanna White did an amazing job designing it! And yay! Introverts unite! (But at a distance :p)

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  2. Welcome, Hannah! We "met" this year at the ACFW At-Home Conference. Wasn't it great to connect with other ACFW members with this alternate opportunity?

    I appreciate your encouraging words..."God is faithful. There is hope. God still does miracles." Exactly!

    Congratulations on your debut! What a perfect example of perseverance and trust in Him. Wishing you great success in your publication journey.

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    1. Hi Sherida, nice to 'see' you again! I love how ACFW is so supportive and makes opportunities like that for those of us who can't be there in person. So thankful for the encouragement they've been in my writing journey.

      Thanks for your encouragement and best wishes too. I love the way God can use something he's doing in my life to encourage others in their own journeys.

      See you round!

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  3. Thank you for this encouraging message. :-)

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    1. You are very welcome :) Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Hannah, this gave me chills. "A hand-written note from my 95-year-old Grandma, whose memory is failing but still prays for my writing and wanted to let me know."

    This is exactly what's it all about!
    Love this post!

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    1. Me too, Connie! I came very close to crying when I opened the mail to find her card. Such an incredible gift and one I'll always treasure.

      May God bless you today :)

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  5. What a wonderful encouragement Hannah! Congratulations on your perseverance, your faithfulness and your belief. Enjoy the next couple of exhilirating, nerve-wracking, roller-coaster weeks!

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    1. Thanks David. It's been quite a journey (as you'd probably know from your own writing journey!) but one I wouldn't have missed for anything. Exhilarating, nerve-wracking and roller coaster pretty much sum it up :p

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  6. Thanks for sharing, I’m so encouraged xx

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    1. You're very welcome! I love that God can use my story to encourage others in theirs :)

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  7. Thank you Hannah! I’m so encouraged by your journey! As someone who loves being around people, I have difficulty in withdrawing to write! But when I do I want to stay there and keep on writing!! So to read how God has blessed you through this journey is beautiful! Love the elegance of the cover and can’t wait to read your book!

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    1. Thankyou so much Kaye! I've always been so encouraged by other people's stories so it's pretty cool that God is now using mine to encourage others too. Isn't the cover gorgeous!! I am so in love with it. And the story. Ahhhhh :) Hope you enjoy it!

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