I am a new member of the Soul Mate Publishing Blog, so I thought I’d make my first entry a fairly simple introduction. Hello. My name is Phyllis Middleton. I am a Colorado native who was transplanted to Texas via a marriage.
Although I’ve been writing stories since the eighth grade, my career didn’t go that direction. I wanted to join the Navy out of high school. I had no clue what I would do in the service, but that’s where I wanted to go. My family, on the other hand, was adamant that I couldn’t join because the Viet Nam conflict was still going on and it was too dangerous.
HA! As it turned out, two years later, I was hired as a civilian at the Pueblo Sheriff’s Department. When I turned 21, I was given a Deputy Sheriff commission and a career was made that was more dangerous than any of us could have ever imagined. While a deputy, I’d been shot at, held hostage, held at knife point and those are the highlights. I can’t even count the number of fights and scrimmages I’ve endured. It made for an exciting life of adventure and I loved it. I expanded my experiences there to become a Detective and Crime / Death Scene expert.
I later moved to Denver where I worked as a senior investigator for the Denver Coroner’s Office. I saw a lot, did a lot, and learned a lot. I don’t think I need to explain my duties and experiences there. After twenty years of being in public service, I moved onto the civilian world and I’ve been working for nearly another twenty years in private security.
Semi-retired now, I started writing again in 2005. I joined the Romance Writers of America and then my local RWA in Dallas (DARA) where I learned the craft of writing. I found that to be a huge task. I had the imagination. I had plenty of experiences to write gripping action. Still, I had a ton to learn! POV, plotting vs. pantser, voice, GMC, ARC’s …on and on it went.
In 2005, I’d written my first book of 86,000 words in three months’ time with the intent of getting it published. It took 9 years to polish it and get it published. Albeit, I didn’t constantly work on it for all those years, but it took that long for I wanted that book to the first to be published.
In Feb/Mar 2014, I submitted my query and partial to Soul Mate Publishing. Later, I received the email requesting the full, which I sent. I admit that I’ve had a number of those types of letters and emails, only to be told things like “we love your voice, but the story isn’t right for us” or “we love the story, but can’t fit it in our line” so when SMP requested my full I really wasn’t expecting to go much further.
I had to read the email a number of times. Hubby was funny. I called him and gave him the news and he said, “That’s nice.” I think I told him it’s not just nice, but wonderful news! I’m not sure, but I figured he got the hint that was BIG news. Then I HAD to tell my closest writing friends, but I couldn’t announce it officially until the contract was signed, sealed, and delivered.
Since then, I’ve learned even more about the editing process; cover art and learning more about marketing not only the book but promoting myself as well. So, here it is. My first book. NINE LIVES, TWO DOWN, is a romantic suspense/thriller and was released just a few months ago in March 2015.
Don’t you just love this cover? I hope that all those who read my book will enjoy it!