I have been writing as a hobby for decades. Before the ease of a computer, I wrote inside notebooks during class, as far back as elementary school. Teachers submitted my short stories into school contests, but I never took it seriously beyond that even though it was something I loved to do. I kept many of these unfinished “books” in a container with all my school memories.
I’m from the Southwest, and my job is substitute teaching. I have a B.S. in family studies and have worked most of my life with children of all ages. Photography is a passion of mine and was a side job for a time. I love the movie The Notebook. And I never miss going to Disneyland with my teen son once a year, if I can help it (my happiest place on Earth).
And I love to write romance . . .
Just after college, I started my first book—a contemporary romance (at that time) with a little mystery involved—again as a hobby and something for myself. I spent a couple of years on it and was 3/4 of the way done. I’d told so many family and friends about the book and every detail. They liked it and told me to go for it. But I didn’t.
Near the end of 2009, I began my second novel, A Brush With Fame, with the concept that I’d be okay if it were edited and torn apart. It was finished in 2010, with the first revision. Friends critiqued it and placed sticky notes on any and every page where a suggestion had been made. This feedback was vital and helped me to be a better writer.
Then my mother was terminally ill at the end of 2013. She’d never asked me about my books. But I was sitting beside her hospital bed, opening up about this dream I had to be a writer (and so scared to be in a world without her in it). My mother told me, “Get your book done.”
Here I am at the end of 2017, four long years later, but certainly not wasted. These years allowed me time for: countless revisions, edits, getting the word count back down, cleaning it up, read and critiqued by many who love the same romance authors as me, more adjustments, attending monthly romance writing chapter meetings, gathering more information from editors, agents, and any guest speaker, applying all tips suggested, etc . , and deciding that self-publishing would be the best route for me.
My specialty is character development—a heroine and hero that are loved and you as the reader, care about. We want these two together. Their dialogue is witty and very natural—what a couple might talk about but keeping it fresh, fun, and flirtatious. I’m about a strong foundation they couple possess and rather the obstacles thrown at them to deal with.
I’m currently finishing my second book. Then I will return to the one from college that I’d put aside and will finally finish that one.
Like they say, authors should always be writing . . .