I write short sometimes sweet, sometimes sensual stories e-published by The Wild Rose Press, and currently have ten available—some free, some for sale—on their website at www.thewildrosepress.com. My first full length novel, HONORABLE INTENTIONS, will be coming out in October of 2009, also through The Wild Rose Press.
Like many aspiring writers, it’s hard to determine exactly when my fiction writing career began. I remember composing a short story in grade school (I have no idea about what) which was chosen for publication in an all school anthology. A journalism class taken in junior high school led to a job on the school newspaper—and a weekly column.
I always loved reading. I loved writing too. Someday, I thought, maybe when I grew up and received the right training, I could actually write a book. And, through the years, my desire to write fiction was always with me. I had so many ideas and characters roaming around in my head. So many stories I wanted to tell. I was even told, laughingly most times, I had an extremely vivid imagination.
But the business of living—going to college, getting married then raising a family—seemed to take precedence over something as frivolous as writing a book. Then one day I just took the plunge and began a novel which I completed in a year. Unfortunately, that one never sold. (And I might add, never will.)
For a few years, I was able to balance being happily married, taking care of a home, raising four children and a full time job in public relations with writing fiction—romance fiction. I even completed three more novels—all eventually rejected. Disappointed but not discouraged, I kept trying. I did have some success with my short stories. One story even won first place in a local writing competition.
But, real life does go on. I was soon promoted at my day job. More responsibility required more of my time. Soon the free time I had been able to devote to writing my stories became less and less available and eventually dwindled down to no time at all. For the next twenty plus years I ‘went corporate’ as I call it, serving as a magazine editor, television producer, script writer, ghost writer and speech writer. Sure I was writing on a regular basis, but what I created amounted to other people’s words. Not my own.
Still the desire to write fiction stayed with me. Not having the time to devote to completing another novel length manuscript, I wrote short stories and essays. A few were published in national magazines—Woman’s World and Country Woman.
Then one day out of the blue, I was downsized—effective immediately. Being given about ten minutes notice to clean out my desk and leave an organization where I’d worked for so long seemed so unfair at the time. I now recognize the tremendous gift I was given that day.
With the unending support of my family, including one absolutely terrific husband, I was finally able to realize my dream to write full time. To free the many characters and their stories that have been waiting for so long to be heard. My own words at last, for me and for you.
After a couple of years and too many rejection slips to even count, I sold a short story to The Wild Rose Press, then another and another and another, then a few more.
And, as I spend more and more time doing what I love—writing romance fiction—I find I really do have so very many stories to share.
Stories I enjoy writing.
Stories I hope you enjoy reading.