I dreamed of being a novelist as a young girl, and was voted book-worm when I graduated high school. Not, to my parent’s dismay, because I was such an academic scholar, but because I was always getting caught with a romance novel tucked between the pages of my text book.
Then life got in the way. I moved away from my small hometown to a nearby city and enrolled in college and found a job. The first thing I learned was that I had to curb my reading habit if I was ever to get anything accomplished. When I pick up a book I can’t put it down until it’s finished.
I met and married my husband Patrick within a few short years. He has given me a lifetime of love and happiness. Our children are now grown and it’s just me, Pat and our cat Shelby.
Pat bought me a kindle for Christmas one year and everything changed. Oh boy, did I rediscover my love of reading. My Kindle library grew at a rapid rate. Two years later when I finally came up for air, I decided I could do this. I could write a romance novel. I determinedly set out to learn the craft. I signed up for online classes, buried myself in library books and started my manuscript for Protecting Rose.
I wrote and learned at the same time. So, once again I went into book mode and for the next year I spent every spare moment learning and writing. When I would start to burn out, I would pick up my Kindle and take time to read a book, and I was filled up again with motivation. I work full time so I wrote in the middle of the night, on my lunch hour, after work, on weekends, anytime I had a spare moment. I was consumed with it. I found my most productive time is between one a.m. and four a.m., when I wrote some of my best stuff. My family was wonderful with their understanding and encouragement of my obsessive goal.
It took a year to write and edit Protecting Rose. No one was more shocked and excited than I when two out of the three publishers where I submitted my manuscript wanted to publish it. Life is good. I even managed to impress my husband, which is always a good thing!
I hope everyone enjoys reading Protecting Rose as much as I enjoyed writing it. I am currently working on my second novel, a murder mystery romance. So stay tuned. And thank you for stopping by.