On Thursday, June 28th someone broke into my car at Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville, SC and stole my laptop and purse. Unfortunately, all the back-ups to my novel were in these two things.
My second novel (which was nearly finished) is gone. I really wish now I had backed up my work on a dozen thumb drives and external hard drives, but I didn’t. (FACEPALM) I feel pretty heartbroken to have had my work and personal belongings stolen from me. I really hope they catch the person who did this so others don’t have to go through what I’ve been through this past week.
It would be easy to give up at this point. It would be easy to through up my hands and say “I guess God, the universe, or whatever don’t want me to write this novel.” But the little bits of positive words from fans and friends and a vast amount of anger at myself (for not backing up my work) and at the culprit of this crime keep me going. In the last week, I’ve started to rewrite the second novel and hope, hope, hope that I can have the first draft finished by September. So to those of you who are looking forward to the second installment in The Fairytale Keeper series it will be out by next Summer.