Posted by Cristina
Read the whole excerpt here : http://shannonathompson.com/novels/a-timely-death-trilogy/extras/
I know I’ve been kind of missing from posting around here for a few days but I’ve been absenting motivated – if I can put it that way. Promise to make it up for the days I haven’t been around here. Some great stuff coming along so, stay close ! 🙂
A few months ago, my dad challenged me to try to translate a book I’ve read. Thanks Dad, challenge happily taken ! It’s not just about this being a thrown challenge at me by my parent, it’s more as a “let’s see how good you are with this english thing you love so much.” At first I did not want to do it – because of that big pile of self-doubt that was crashing down on me – but after a strong debate with myself I’ve decided to give it a try.
What can actually be going wrong besides making a big fool of myself ?
Translating has always been a thing of mine and if ever given the chance to actually do it, I’ll be more than happy to. I have always been the one in my family with a calling towards foreign languages, but never have I ever tried to translate a book. I’ve been so scared of a failure, you can’t imagine.
To my surprise, it all went down really good, smooth actually, and I can’t express how happy I am that not only the final result of – a day spent translating – my work has turned out that great, but more that I made someone happy – even a little bit.
So, after reading Shannon A. Thompson‘s blog post from last saturday, about Author Goals, and finding out her own beautiful goals, I have decided to surprise her.
I know that maybe having your book – as an author, of course – getting published in another language represents a huge step in the writing career, other than being a NYT Bestselling author. Anyway, I have translated for her the first two chapters of her first book in The Timely Death Trilogy called Minutes Before Sunset into Romanian. If you haven’t read this series, yet, I advise you to do so. It is totally worth it !
Now let me tell you something about this wonderful young lady named Shannon A. Thompson in case you never heard of her :
- she is an extraordinary young girl with a big heart and the list can go on – I had the opportunity to have a chat or two with her and she’s absolutely amazing.
- she’s a very promising writer – I’m saying this based on the fact that I’ve read some of her work, and for that I’m sending her again a huge Thank you !
- she’s very down to earth and that makes her even more lovable – I like it when authors take their time out – even for a few minutes – to interact with their readers. I think that could be another plus added to their writing career – but I’ll be talking about this some other time.