Subscribe to Denise's FREE Inspirational Newsletter!
Stay Informed and Inspired! Subscribe Now!
Please see reviews on the Book page and consider subscribing to Denise's newsletter so that you can stay connected!
Grieving the loss of my beloved horse, Freedom, I found myself with pen in hand, pouring out my deepest feelings on paper.
It was a tangible method to infinitely hold treasured memories. The bond we shared began when he was just three days old; so you can imagine my pain. In the midst of my grief, I knew that the only way to truly honor my beloved Freedom was to publish a book and share our story with the world.
And so, I dug in, consuming all I could about the literary world, the publishing industry, and business. I joined writer-publisher associations and some niche organizations. It was the best way to broaden my knowledge and make necessary connections. I weighed the good and the bad. Ultimately I decided to independently publish my first book, Horse at the Corner Post: Our Divine Journey. And guess what? It won a silver medal in the Living Now Book Awards! What an exciting way to honor my dear horse, Freedom. I was touched.
Despite my yearning to share Freedom’s story, I honestly didn’t realize one key item until I was in the audience at one of my first writer-publisher association meetings and the speaker said that a book does not sell itself. Authors have to get up and speak to crowds. What? Say that again. You’re kidding me. I was the shy kid who sat as far away from the front of the class as possible, and who prayed the teacher would not call on her. I once chose to transfer from a job because it required public speaking, and now I’m supposed to speak? Voluntarily?
I also learned that published authors often have to travel, sometimes great distances. Flying? Well, I hadn’t done that one either, not in more than a decade. I had such a fear of flying since 9/11. But the passion to tell the world about my beloved Freedom was more important to me than letting my fears hold me back.
Although writing, publishing, and marketing have not been easy and can be costly, the greatest part of this journey as an author isn’t material at all. It’s those written notes I’ve received. It’s the moments with people—readers of all ages—who share how my book or how “just being me” has inspired them. To find out that I made a difference in someone’s life…wow. Now that is what I live for. That is my purpose. And guess what? These days I can’t wait to get on a plane. Speaking in front of groups isn’t that bad after all.
How about you? What is your desire? Is it writing a book? Is it traveling to a place you’ve never been? You must set fears aside and take that first step of faith. Life isn’t easy; but I guarantee you, it’s worth the ride."
Denise Lee Branco
“The Book Group members at Sun City Lincoln Hills had the opportunity to enjoy a presentation by Author Denise Lee Branco regarding her book, Horse at the Corner Post. All of the ladies enjoyed her sentimental review of past experiences with her dear horse, Freedom. In addition to her delightful talk, Denise gave a PowerPoint slide presentation, connecting all of us with her memories and search for her horse.”
- Irene Bell, Orchard Creek Book Group Member
“Ms. Branco inspired Kindergarten through Eighth Grade students with her superb presentation of her journey with Freedom Sky. The process of telling their story demonstrated the importance and power of the written word. The students listened intently and asked pertinent questions. We are looking forward to her next visit when she finishes her book about her rabbit, Chloe, and hope she writes even more stories.”
- Fran Neves, Community Christian School Volunteer Librarian