That sounds so good I almost impressed myself just typing it. LOL Well, a few shiny sentences can cover a lot of gritty truth. The above bio is my glamor version for press releases. My path to publication, on the other hand, was nothing if not unglamorous. I wrote for 13 years and completed 4 books (as well as writing a lot more that didn't get finished), before I finally received the call from a major NY editor. I was beginning to wonder if I was being tenacious or just too stupid to know when to quit.
When the editor called, I was so nervous, I was standing by the kitchen counter with the wall phone, my knees shaking. I sure wished for a chair. I sure wished for some paper and pen, too, to write down all the things she was throwing at me, like the possibility of pen names, deadlines and contract details. I listened to everything in a daze, hoping I'll remember half of it. After we hung up, I realized the phone was cordless. I could have gone and grabbed a piece of paper and sat down.
Everything worked out in the end. I looooove writing, and would spend all day doing it if I could only break my family of the pesky habit of wanting to wear clean clothes and eat. What's up with that? My wonderful assistant is Toby, a 6 mos old goldendoodle. If I have free time between books (I'm talking about a day here), I enjoy flea markets, gardening and going on long walks in the woods with my husband. He's my hero. He's served in the Army, was a volunteer medic for years for the free ambulance, was a volunteer firefighter, and when I lost my office job and still hadn't sold any books yet, he offered to sell his SUV, a car he loves beyond words, and trade it for the cheapest clunker he could find, so I could stay home for a few months and see if I could give writing a little more time. It didn't come to that. I sold my first book, SHADOW SOLDIER, a romantic suspense novel, just in the nick of time.
I'm so excited about being part of our BookDerby on Dec. 5-6 and giving away a ton of 99c and FREE Kindle books for readers. How is that for a bargain? Make sure to check back in with us!