Heart's Desire, is the first Harlequin Heartwarming novel to be made into a Hallmark movie. This is so lovely for her, for Harlequin, for the rest of the Heartwarming authors, for Catherine's readers, and for Hallmark. The movie will premier on March 17 at 9:00 PM. What a St. Paddy's day present!
Now, here's the rest of the story. My part. One I thought about a lot this morning while I was beating back some not-pretty feelings. Almost my first emotion, after the initial SQUEE! moment was...ahem...jealousy. I wanted, in the worst way (yes, worst is definitely the right word there), for it to be me. For the book to be my book. For Catherine's trip to Vancouver to be my trip to Vancouver.
That was momentary. Kind of like a thankfully silent tantrum. But even now I have to admit to being envious. Which made me remember back to the early, early days of my career, soon after Jenni Licata spearheaded the formation of NIRA, the RWA chapter that was my writer-friends home for several years. We had a newsletter, and I think the first article I wrote for it had to do with envy. Because when I was new, it seemed as if everyone around me was getting "The Call." And I wasn't.
Later on, everyone else was winning contests or finaling in the Golden Heart or getting awards or being offered real money to talk at different places. And I wasn't.
In recent years, many of my friends have tons of reviews. They have Bookbub ads and bigger, better contracts, and probably make more money than I do. And I...you know.
Some things I envy others for are things I haven't even tried--there's probably something wrong with that, don't you think?
And that's when I realized that I was being--gasp--ridiculous. While envy can mean you want what other people have, it doesn't necessarily mean you don't want them to have it. It doesn't lessen your admiration for them and what they've accomplished. It can set an internal goal for you if you let it, but it doesn't stop you from saying you go, girl and meaning every word of it.
So, congratulations, Catherine. I am so happy for you and proud of you. And I'd still like to have a Hallmark movie of my own. 💖