Hello there! I'm Rebecca K. Sampson. I currently juggle many priorities, including writing and publishing books, a muggle job, engaging with the writing community while starting my own, and raising an energetic boy... It's a lot! But it doesn't always feel that way because I routinely shuffle my priorities and know the value of determining where my time is most valuable.
And I wouldn't trade this life for anything. I believe that before you could ever be happy with more, you must first be happy with what you have. I am grateful.
My first novel, Ember Dragon Daughter, is available now on Amazon and Audible with many more releases planned for the next year.
My novels focus on themes like insurmountable change, responsibility, challenging your life and those around you, and more. Through strong female characters and fantastical worlds, I hope to make a difference and help readers take charge of their lives. As an author mindset coach, I aim to help other authors make their own impact on the world.
The funny thing is, while I have always been creative I didn't consider writing novels as a career path for me until I was married. Literally, during my honeymoon, I thought to myself "I think I can do this," as I jotted down ideas while in line for Thunder Mountain Railroad on our Disney honeymoon. This was my first experience with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
But I didn't take my journey as an author seriously until 2017 when an unexpected diagnosis changed my family's life.
My Unexpected Journey
*trigger warnings - This portion discusses cancer, mortality, and other related topics that might be sensitive to certain viewers
August 18, 2017 - This was the worst day of our family's life, when my husband was diagnosed with a rare cancer typically found in children.
Just a few days prior, I had finished the first draft of my novel. Then, after we got through testing and scheduled our first round of chemo, a hurricane struck our home and we were stuck inside darkness emotionally and physically. Having no AC and a growing tumor is traumatic.
For the next year my husband went through 11 cycles of chemotherapy, one 14-hour surgery, about 5 or 6 week-long hospital visits, and a seizure. These were not easy times, but in the end my husband was cancer free.
On the floor of the emergency room and on a chair in chemo, I sat with my husband. When he slept, I worked on Ember Dragon Daughter. By the time that year was over, I had hired a cover designer, editor, and completed five drafts of the novel and worked with beta readers. By the time it was published July 19, 2019, I believe I had went through eight total drafts.
I had less time than ever and more fear than ever before. Trying to keep my family afloat while also keeping my job and writing a book was the hardest thing I've every done.
But I also knew, this was my moment. Life can change any second. What if Chris didn't have a good prognosis? What if he never read my book?
Those were things I had to think about, and I knew then and there that I would never drag my feet again.
Writing a book has nothing to do with available time. Some days I don't write at all, on good days I write for one or two hours. Yet, I was able to publish a book I am proud of. You can too.
If you want the quick start guide on how to get into the right mindset to publish a book, despite available time, my masterclass How to Write a Book With a Full-Time Job is right for you. The "job" part can be anything, whatever is taking you time, even if it is commutes to chemo centers.
In that masterclass I discuss my three step formula (seriously, just three steps) that I use to master all areas of my life, including writing and publishing.
Because there is nothing in your way, not if you don't want it to be.
My husband is safe now. And yes, he liked the book, thank goodness for that!