You want to hear about ME? Well, okay, but I hope your Coke is loaded
reading romance by chance. When I was fifteen, I spent a week with
my grandma in Kansas City. The day before I was to leave, we spotted
a forgotten Harlequin Romance on the seat of a cross-town bus. Since
I had a long Greyhound bus ride ahead of me the next day, Grandma
handed me the book to while away my time. I couldn't believe my
luck and stashed it away, not to be seen again until I'd safely
left the Greyhound station.
my love of reading romance. I devoured them--historical, contemporary,
category or single title. Soon I yearned to write. I wanted to be
able to move a reader to laughter and tears and to sigh over the
overwhelming passion conveyed with mere words on a page. But I didn't
think I could. For one thing, I had to earn a living, and [insert
laughter] trust me, one doesn't get into fiction writing, and especially
not romance writing, for the money. It's a lonely task, and it's
hard work, but believing my book might touch the emotions of a reader
is...well, SO COOL. That's the payoff. If you've been bitten by
the writing bug, you have to write.
Romance Writers of America and found MORWA,
the wonderful local chapter in St. Louis. I soaked in the knowledge
these generous writers shared. I attended conferences with workshops
to improve my craft. I learned about the business side of the industry.
When I got THE CALL (one of the top five most incredible days of
my life), I was ready.
HA! All the
writers and other people who've been on this journey with me are
laughing their behinds off. Because as much as I'd learned, there's
ten times that I still don't know. And trying to deal with emerging
technology (website? blog? online presence? Oh, my!) is mind-boggling.
Can't I just write the books and trust readers will go look for
me? Nope, not anymore.
I have a very supportive husband and two kids who don't remember
a time when Mom didn't write. We live in the Midwest, where the
weather has an imagination of its own.
I also offer
editing and proofreading services. Email
me for more information.