“Overcoming my Fears to Write a Book”

by Glenn Gamble

     I never thought I would write fiction, let alone write five books at the time of publication.  Author Teresa D. Patterson suggested that I write fiction after reading my daily blog on MySpace.  I thought she was out of her mind.  In fact, I laughed at the notion that I would be writing some make-believe story, but she tricked me shortly after.  One day, I spoke with her on the telephone and she told me that she was working on this book entitled Ex-Boyfriend, and that she wanted my insight on how a young obnoxious office worker would come across when hitting on a beautiful woman who was over 10 years his senior.  Of course, I had no problem offering my help to ensure that the character came across as realistic as possible.  Being the ego driven person I am, I thought that this would lend more credibility to MySpace blog; which had become a collection of my thoughts on dating at that time of my life.  Once the book was finished I said to myself “that was a lot of work, but pretty fun.”  That’s when I wrote A Thousand Chances.

     At the time I wrote ATC, I was very nervous because I didn’t know what I was doing; to simply put it, I was an amateur.  I had no idea why I should write an outline, I didn’t understand my own writing style, and I wasn’t sure if I could write a book by myself.  Then I began to question myself.  “Can I write a book that people will actually like?”  I wasn’t sure of the answer, but I plodded along, and wrote at the seat of my pants.  It seemed like the right thing to do at the time.  Three weeks later, my first book was completed.  A Thousand Chances was ready to hit shelves, until I ordered the books.  Selling them hand to hand and trying to get them into bookstores was a more daunting task than I realized.  As a result, several print copies are still sitting in my mother’s garage in boxes that were never opened.  I gave up writing.

     Then two years later, my friend Teresa D. Patterson told me that she uploaded her backlist on this Kindle thing, and she sold a bunch of books.  I witnessed her own struggle to sell books years ago.  I was proud of her.  Knowing an author personally who makes a living doing what she loves to do inspired me to start writing again, but where do I begin.  First of all, what’s a Kindle.  Second, how do I format for the thing.  This was scary stuff to me.  Instead of focusing on what I found intimidating, I went ahead and put together my first story in two years, Bon Appétit.  Once I was done, I sent it off to an editor, made the suggested corrections and I read the formatting guidelines for Kindle.  With a little trial and error, I was able to upload my first Kindle book.  Then a few days later, I did the same for A Thousand Chances and uploaded it.  After that, I’ve been writing a bunch of stories and publishing them on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.

     So how did I overcome my fears?  I just opened up Microsoft Word and started writing.  I found that once you face your fears, you realize that you really over-magnified the thing that you feared.

     Glenn Gamble is the author of A Thousand Chances, Bon Appetit, Escape, On the Run, and James.  All of his books are available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook (link) and Smashwords (link)

     He also encourages you to go to his website


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