Last month I attended my 50th high school reunion. (Yeah, I can’t believe I’m that old either!) I haven’t hugged that many people in my life, but not before sneaking a peek at their name tags just to make sure I didn’t make an idiot out of myself. As the three day event went on, many of my classmates asked how on earth I ever got into writing. Well, let me tell you.
I was always an avid reader. As a kid, I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew. Eventually, I graduated to what is now called Young Adult with books about teens, dating, and a chaste kiss at the end of the story. About the same time I also discovered Agatha Christie. As I matured, my tastes ran to different genres in fiction and a lot of non-fiction.
But my reading life changed when my husband was away at basic training. I was standing in line at the drug store when a circular rack of books caught my attention. They were slim and all came from some publisher called Harlequin. I bought a couple. Two days later I returned and bought the rest. I was hooked.
I don’t know how it happened, but one day in 1999 I finished a book with a sense of irritation. The sweet, submissive young heroine secretly in love with the uber-Alpha hero who ordered her around made me grind my teeth—latent feminism, I suppose. The phrase that popped into my mind was, “Hell, I can do this.”
So I did. Back then it all sounded so simple—write a book, send it to a publisher, and collect lots of money in royalties. The problem was I couldn’t write for beans. I didn’t know the craft. Writing is an art that takes years to perfect. In my case it was nine. Nine long years of attending my local RWA chapter meetings, going to conferences, networking, and most of all learning.
And then one day, it happened. The Wild Rose Press bought “Along Came Quinn.”
I consider myself lucky to do what I do. I love creating plots, characters, and seeing where they take me. My twelfth book, “The Good Twin” will be released on
September 25, 2015. I wrote a book worthy of publishing, although I’m
still waiting for the lots of money part.
So, if any of you readers are thinking of heading down the author path, keep this in mind. Not all readers will become authors, but I never met an author who wasn’t a reader.
Take care and have a good day. See you next month.