YA Author Club: 2012’s Personal/Professional Greatest Accomplishments

This is a post for the amazing YA Author Club which is talking about our greatest personal and professional accomplishments in 2012 this week.

Back in May 2012 I wrote a post dedicated to my plans for the year 2012. #1 on my list was to find a job overseas in international development. #2 on my list was to finish my first novel. Every time I look back at that post, I smile and a tear comes to my eye. I’ve accomplished both goals and done so in a way beyond my wildest dreams.

2012’s Greatest Personal Accomplishment

Publishing my first novel – Red Madrassa. As a bonus I also published a short story – Flight Feathers!

2012’s Greatest Professional Accomplishment

Moving to my dream job location of Juba, South Sudan and working for an international NGO.

I still consider being an author a deeply personal commitment. If forges a bond between myself and my readers. By the same token, I’m forging ahead professionally in my international development career and not looking back. 🙂 The best of both worlds.

In a serendipitous coincidence, I’m also up for the November 2012 Indie eBook Cover of the Month! So exciting and it shows the great work my cover artist, Amalia Chitulescu, has done.

What about you? What was your greatest accomplishment of 2012?


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