I’m excited to have Caroline Fyffe return as my guest. When she appeared on September 21st, she was a not-yet-published writer without an agent. She’s now a debut author with a contract offer from Dorchester who landed her “dream agent,” Mary Sue Seymour, as a result of her sale!
Caroline is one creative lady. By day her talents lie in taking award-winning photographs of horses. This equine photographer’s work has graced the pages of several national magazines. By night she pens romances and will see her first book on the shelves just nine months from now.
I met Caroline briefly during the Awards Ceremony at RWA® Nationals in San Francisco when we flanked my fellow 2008 Golden Heart finalist and Caroline’s critique partner, Theresa Regan, in the first row of the reserved seating. I’ve since gotten to know Caroline better through our local chapter, the Sacramento Valley Rose. She lives not too far from me, and we were able to do lunch this past week. I got to witness the glow from her recent sale firsthand.
All of those who leave a comment for Caroline will be entered in a drawing. The winner will receive an elegant motivational bookmark. (See photo at the bottom of this post.)
I’m sure you’re eager to hear more about Caroline’s long-awaited first sale, so here she is.
•Wow, Caroline! When you were here as my guest on September 22nd did you ever expect to be back so soon as an agented debut author with a contract offer on the table? Would you give us a quick summary of what took place in the weeks following the interview and leading up to that life-changing phone call?
Never! Never expected it in a million-zillion years!!! First off, about ten days before I did the interview with you I found out I had won the TARA and that Leah Hultenschmidt, the final round judge had requested the full—by e-mail. I was thrilled. Everything in this business seems to take so long that when I heard e-mail, I about flipped. It also made me feel like she couldn’t wait to read it. So, off it went on the 10th of September.
As I went about my days, the fact that Leah requested by e-mail and responded saying she was looking forward to reading the story, gave me great hope for the first time ever. I typed out her name in 48 point type and printed it out. I then put the paper on my sofa table under a cross I have there, and every time I passed it I would say her name out loud several times and pray for a sale.
Then on October 2nd off I flew to Kentucky to visit my sister. Little did I know that on October 9th, less than a month after sending it off, Leah called but was cut off by my machine!! Yes, isn’t that horrible!! I know this because later she told me so. She also left an e-mail that I wouldn’t see until my return!!
•But you did eventually get The Call! I was so excited when you emailed me to share the big news. As everyone who visits my blog soon learns, I love to hear Call stories. Would you please share yours?
I was still in Kentucky with two of my sisters and one cousin. We had just been to a funeral mass, and when I got in the car and looked at my cell there was a number I didn’t recognize. Hmmm. I called it. Well, after repeating the name, Leah Hultenschmidt over and over, as many times as I had in the past month, I started to hyperventilate when I heard her name. My sisters didn’t know what to think. I told them it was an editor from New York, and we all cheered.
Now, I wasn’t certain yet it was, “The Call,” because she only asked me to call her. So, I left a message on her phone that now I did indeed have my phone with me. We went to a restaurant and tried to have lunch, but I was on pins and needles. Well, she didn’t keep me waiting too long. She called soon after that and was the nicest, sweetest person in the world. I ordered a bottle of champagne and we toasted to Leah!!
•You got The Call and life as you knew it changed. I’ve gathered your plate suddenly became very full as you embarked on your new career as a published author. Would you please share with us what’s going on now, what you’ve been learning and how you’re adjusting to living with deadlines?
Life indeed has changed. One thing, the slot she gave my book is August 2009, a mere nine months away. Right away we started working on the cover. Leah was happy to tell me (because she knew I am a horse photographer and equine lover) that she got a good-looking cowboy riding his horse through beautiful foliage and flowers!!! I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. LOL!
And, we changed the name from The Jingle of Spurs to Where The Wind Blows. I LOVE the new title. For me it just really tells a lot about its hero, loner Chase Logan.
The deal was recently posted on Dorchester’s blog, Romantic Reads, so the sale is starting to feel real. Here’s what they had to say:
Caroline Fyffe – WHERE THE WIND BLOWS, coming in August 2009, is a poignant and heartwarming debut novel that’s taken first-place honors in the Golden Heart and TARA contests. Cowboy Chase Logan has been in plenty of tough situations, but pretending to be the husband of a recent widow and father to her adopted children is the most difficult job he’s had yet.
•Sounds great, Caroline. I can’t wait to read it. Since you’ve just gone through the initial euphoria of getting a contract offer and the resulting return to reality that soon follows, what advice would you offer others who have yet to receive that monumental call about how to prepare themselves for life as a published author?
I don’t think you can be prepared. It’s just too unbelievable! Just enjoy being a newbie. Enjoy every second!!
•Caroline, it’s been great having you back at Romance Writers on the Journey to share your wonderful news with us. And now, I invite your visitors to ask you any questions they have about your sale, your debut novel and what life is like after receiving that long-awaited contract offer. And to shower you with well wishes.
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I’m holding a drawing for a quality metal bookmark, which you can use to mark your place when you read your copy of Where the Wind Blows. I’ll conduct the drawing the evening of Nov. 9.
Congratulations to Farrah Rochon, winner of the drawing!
The elegant brass bookmark, reads, “‘Never, never, never quit’ – Winston Churchill.”