Today, my husband and I got great news. It looks like our buyers have finalized everything with their mortgage, and the closing will be on June 1st (barring any unforeseen bumps along the way). Which means that in about three weeks, we’ll be permanently living in sunny Florida! *Runs around and screams in excitement*
Do you know what else that means? With the cheaper cost of living in Florida, my husband and I will be able to do writing full-time. As in, no day jobs :). So hopefully, once we’re settled in, there will be lots more books coming your way.
Of course, by quitting our jobs, we’re taking a huge financial risk. We’re both doing well in our careers, so this is a really crazy move on our part. A year ago, it would’ve been unimaginable. Even now, it’s still pretty scary. The Krinar Chronicles are a modest success; it’s not a best-selling series in any real sense of the word. However, even modest success as an indie author can pay some bills, especially if you’re able to live frugally. My husband thinks he can survive eating only bananas (although we sincerely hope it doesn’t get to that point).
So why do something so crazy? Two reasons:
1) We’re like the Krinar and love warm weather. Seriously, we’re both miserable in the winter and don’t like living in New York. The commute, especially, is a killer. Not to mention, my parents are in Florida, so that part will be very nice for me. We’ve been discussing moving to Florida ever since we met four years ago, and we finally see a way to do it.
2) We fell in love with writing and want to do it all the time. Right now, it’s just evenings and weekends, so we don’t have any free time. Hopefully, that will change when we’re able to write during normal (or semi-normal) work hours. I can’t wait to regain my weekends and be able to do things like cooking and hanging out with friends.
So in early June, we’ll be moving. I don’t know how much writing I’ll be able to do in the next three weeks, since there are a million and one moving logistics we’ll need to take care of.
Once the big move is over, however, our lives as writers will truly begin.