A dictionary definition - 'excited and extremely happy' ... Euphoric

It's funny because that's the straight up, no messing Oxford English Dictionary's definition of Euphoric. It's so much more than that. The definition really doesn't give it much justice other than a explanation of a feeling of yep I'm a bit excited and extremely happy. But actually euphoric is that word that sends you cartwheeling on a beach if your name is Lucy Carter and you're a lead character in Girl on the Beach. It's that dizzy height you reach when you can smile and cry in one hit and not know just how to channel that emotion that is pounding out of your chest. It's that feeling when a guy says you mean something to him, without those three little words either. Just simple words that make everything go upside down and inside out — I guess another Lucy Carter moment, that I can so happily pen.

Euphoric is the feeling when as a grown up (and yep I use this term as a mum of young beings) that you feel when you're waiting for your own book to be delivered hot-off-the-press, ready for the world to read because they have already witnessed Lucy cartwheeling on the beach in her own euphoric moment. It's that moment when you say it's here, I've got it and you just have a Gwyneth Paltrow moment of tears, unexpected and uncontrollable. But that's what euphoria is for me.

I went all out and asked a few of my favourite female authors how they felt when they published for the very first time. I smiled as I read Hazel Prior's message back to me. "It was mostly sheer disbelief for me! It had been so long coming I had to keep on and on telling myself it was true. Very important to have friends and family around to share the joy - and I wish my parents were still alive because they would have been so proud".

How amazing is that to have that feeling of utter inside and out happiness brought about by you the writer. And then we have the brilliant Erica James who I so loved her response to me. "Way back in 1996 when my first novel was published I was filled with terror at the thought publication. All I could think was, 'What if people hate it?' As it turned out it was a Sunday Times bestseller, but I've never lost that fear of disappointing people". And then to add to this lovely bunch of female writers the wonderful Paige Toon came back to me with her feelings of that very first time you let your writing be known to the world. "It actually still feels completely surreal but sometimes hits me that people read my books and connect with them and I'm utterly blown away!"

It's funny because I know that feeling too and it doesn't matter how many books you write you still have that disbelief or niggling questioning yourself — yet the feeling of writing and publishing and then being read and receiving those reviews makes you feel euphoric and still with a spoonful of disbelief. And believe me you are utterly blown away.

It's the most wonderful experience when your readers mention the characters as if they really are part of their lives and they know them and they'll become so animated and passionate about them, that you walk way with this warm glow inside you and that feeling of I did that. That's euphoric — it's an overwhelming sense of happiness. Yes, that's what it is and my greatest thanks to the lovely Erica James, Paige Toon and Hazel Prior who happily shared their feelings with me to share with you all. Perhaps that gives me the greatest sense of happiness.

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