Swoon Author Jennifer Honeybourn: You Never Know
In 2016, before I got the call from Swoon Reads that they wanted to publish Wesley James Ruined My Life, if someone had given me a sneak peak of what my life would look like in three years, I never would have believed it. Because in those three years, my life has changed completely—and most of those changes stem directly from that one phone call.
When Wesley James Ruined My Life was released in the summer of 2017, I was living with my family just outside of Vancouver, BC, a beautiful, but very expensive, place to call home. I was working full-time (as the majority of authors do), commuting an hour and fifteen minutes (each way!) to work every day, and raising a child. I’d finished edits on my second book, When Life Gives You Demons and just successfully pitched my third book, Just My Luck.
It was busy. And I was tired. I realized that I needed a total life overhaul so that I could focus on the things that I loved: my family and writing books. That just wasn’t going to be possible in BC, so my husband and I made the decision to uproot our lives and move all the way across Canada to Stratford, Ontario, so that I could continue to follow my dreams.
As a result, 2018 was, hands down, the busiest year of my life. A brief snapshot: I quit my job, wrote Just My Luck, launched When Life Gives You Demons, we sold our townhouse and organized a cross-country move (and a couple of additional temporary moves) to a town that I’d visited only once for a few hours, and we built a house. All in the space of 365 days.
And guess what? All that work (and stress) was worth it, because it turned out to be the best decision ever. Stratford is exactly where we are supposed to be. I now write full-time (something that I recognize I’m very privileged to be able to do) and I have more time for my family.
I know that I wouldn’t have transformed my life in such a drastic way if Swoon Reads hadn’t selected Wesley James Ruined My Life for publication. But because they believed in my book—and my subsequent books—I believed that I could create the life that I wanted. So, if you’re thinking of submitting to Swoon Reads, do it—you never know where you could end up.