Because this is my first author blog on this site, I’ll give a bit of a rundown on how I came to be here — and how I ended up with this fabulous career as an author.
Before She was an Author
Unlike many writers, I didn’t major in English Literature (I was a science major) and I didn’t begin penning stories as soon as I learned to write. My path was much more convoluted and, yes, I’ll admit it, serendipitious. Born with a love for words, and raised as an avid reader, it seems that the idea of becoming a writer really should have crossed my mind without prompting. Alas, it did not.
It wasn’t until my younger sister, she of the avid imagination, came to me one day with a stack of track-feed (yes, it was that long ago) computer paper and admitted to “closet writing” that my adventure as a novelist began. Working with her on that manuscript I discovered that although I loved reading, I knew less than nothing about novel construction and even less than that about the publishing industry.
Becoming an Author
The most serendipitous even of all: I wrote a letter (real snail mail, mind you) to the author of one of my favorite books Outlander. Imagine my shock when I received an actual telephone call from Diana Gabaldon herself! She was amazing and kind. She pointed me in the direction of the two organizations that ended up changing my life: CompuServe’s (again, it was a while ago) Writer’s Forum and Romance Writers of America. Those two connections opened up a whole new world for me.
Now I have eight published novels (six women’s fiction and two romantic suspense), the ninth, another romantic thriller, SLEEP NO MORE, is slated for January 2010. I’ve been honored with my very own RITA, as well as other awards that are so very precious to me. I might have gotten here without fate intervening, but it certainly gave me a big boost.
So, the lesson learned: persistence and patience, hard work and committment will someday deliver your dreams to your door. And sometimes it gets a little help along the way.