I am astonished. I believe that I am there. I have written my last book, and though I consider it a premiere book and the signature book of my career, I had to shake myself and take stock of where that leads me. Because it has to lead me somewhere. I am not one to believe in “dead ends.” Not even in careers, much less in life.
16 books written , 12 are suspense novels ( 1 a young adult) and 3 non-fictions. Over a million words, over 4000 pages, and that does not take into account the photo-journalism items written, nor the short stories and speeches. You would think I would be tired or run out of material. Many of these works are found on Amazon.com in E Books and five are in print. There are also some available through the web store on my website for the Author From the Grassroots www.joycegodwingrubbs.webs.com
The truth is that I have just begun. In my lifetime, I have never been bored. Further, I know where I am going and I know why.
You see, though I wrote suspense novels, contained in each one were life lessons about real people and about the cultural mores and taboos of our society. Granted they were peppered into the mix with cunning supervision and craftily placed into subliminal interpretation in the actions of the characters, but they were there. And many doubted me when I said that within the context of the books topics of victim and survivor stories they would find humor, romance and be able to relate and even envy and want to emulate the characters. My greatest yet humbling experience was to receive so many contacts with commentary on my books. From a 25 year veteran chief editor of a major newspaper saying, “Keep Writing” to an order for multiple novels, to a group of employees who found out the “secret life of their fellow employee who passed away” and was honored as Momma Bets in The Monday Night Flight Club. She is by far one of the most memorable characters and she was a living, breathing and beautiful soul. It has been an honor to bring these stories to publication. It insures that my amazing, full and unique life in the “shadow world” will not go untold.
What is left for me? Short term journalism projects and I look forward to them. I hope to still “titillate the fancies of many” and “dare the dreamers to take action.” I want to move people and have them know they never have to “settle” in any part of their lives. If you are bored, you chose it. If you are fearful you can overcome it. If you want to write, by damn pick up a pen, open a laptop, stroke a keyboard on the computer, but quite whining and just do it. Do not worry about a publisher, the cost, the price you will or won’t get, or who might steal your work. If it consumes you, share it. If it incenses you attack it. If it tears at your heart, reveal it. If you believe it write it and write it often and well.
The message is simple. I am still writing, telling the stories, and leaving the legacy of facts and knowledge, but I shall be doing it in “short hand” by writing it in articles.
Thank you if you have been aboard for the whole ride, and please continue to support the novels and their message. They can reach and motivate many people to “change their attitudes”, “take back their lives” and quit criticizing and become part of the solution.