I’m Not a Writer, So Why Am I Writing a Book?

A lot of people have been asking me questions about my book and the steps I took to get it published, so I’ve decided to dedicate every Monday on my blog to talking about my personal experiences with the publishing process. I, of course, am still learning about the publishing industry, so if you’re looking for more in-depth information, I suggest you check out my agent Rachelle’s blog that is full of great information about submitting, querying and publishing books.

So, here we go…
Post #1: I’m Not a Writer, So Why Am I Writing a Book?

I actually have to give my mother-in-law Nanette credit for putting a bug in my ear about writing a book.

Two years ago, my mother-in-law called me after she had found out that my sister-in-law Mollie was pregnant. My mother-in-law wanted suggestions on a good Christian pregnancy guide that she could buy for her daughter… but I didn’t know of any.

In fact, when I was pregnant, I went to countless bookstores and bought scads of pregnancy books and honestly, I was a bit disappointed with most of them. Some had good information but were a bit boring, which meant I spent more time sleeping while holding them than reading. Others, although entertaining, were slightly offensive. As a Christian mom-to-be, I didn’t want to see the f-word in my pregnancy guide. I wanted something wholesome, informative and fun to read. I couldn’t find anything like that.

My mother-in-law’s response? She told me that I should write one myself.

I, of course, laughed at the idea. I’m not a writer (or, at least I wasn’t at the time). I was a Spanish teacher, with a degree in Psychology and art, not in English.

But, the idea stuck.

I decided to give it a try. Whenever I had a few minutes (which wasn’t often—at that point, I was busy with a one-year-old and a newborn), I jotted down a few thoughts and ideas. I worked on an outline. I got started on a few chapters. And, slowly, a book began to take shape. It took a long time—I’m not kidding, after about a year of writing, I had two chapters and a summary done and that was it. But I just kept plugging along, little by little.

Next week: Writing a Query Letter


  1. How exciting and such a journey. What a unique book idea, too.

  2. Hi Erin! It's great to meet you. I love your story. I'm not a "writer" either, so I can relate. Keep blogging, and I'm anxious to follow your journey!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my website, and congrats on your book! You and your family are adorable.

    I left a comment on my blog for you!

    And I just want you to know that I read about your losses, and my heart and prayers are with you.

  4. What a great story! How fun to hear about how you got started! And thanks for sharing your story about how hard it was to read through the last edits of your book! I'm so glad I wasn't alone in how I feel!

  5. How YOU to just oh ho-hum WRITE A BOOK in your free time, while parenting two kids??? Wow. Can't wait to read. I remember too being bored or kind of freaked out by the flippancy or negativity of some of the pregnancy guides. Your book definitely fills a big need!

  6. Good story. Phillip Yancey, one of the greatest Christian writers today (in my opinion) says he gets his idea for books from questions he has or from things he doesn't know. He researches and studies them and the material he digs up becomes the grist for his next book. Sounds like you are on that same path … and it has been a great one for Yancey.

    Enjoyed the visit. You have a good blog.

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog! Wow– I love your story! You found a need and did something about it:)) I have to tell you–you look like you are twenty!! Does that make me old or what?? Congrats on the book:)

  8. I am poking around now to get the backstory on your book. Very interesting. Neat to see how God turns a fleeting idea into a full-fledged reality. Excited to read more!