I didn’t set out to be a writer.
|I went to university thinking I’d come out with a degree that would allow me to help people. And for a short time it did. But then I got married and had two children and 12-hour shifts were no longer an option. So I took a job as an office administrator and learned book keeping. When I had my third child, I chose to work from home and kept the books for my husband’s restaurants.
I’d been artsy all my life.
When the kids came along, I spent hours decorating their rooms, finding ways to incorporate whatever theme I’d come up with. I didn’t consider myself creative. I was just having fun.
Then we moved to a lovely village outside the city limits, and I found myself at home with a new baby and nothing to do. I was proficient at my bookkeeping and it took up little of my time. So I baked. Again, being creative never crossed my mind. I’d found something I enjoyed doing and I didn’t gain an ounce by sharing with my friends—letting them worry about the calories. Creative? Hey, I needed to stay busy.
No stranger to a gym, I learned I could get paid to workout. I became a fitness instructor. I’m known for the inventive ways I torture my members week after week. No creativity here. I’m just a sadist at heart.
I then rediscovered romance novels.
Karen Marie Moning became one of my favorite authors. On her website, she gave advice on how to become a writer, as did another of my favorites, Sherrilyn Kenyon. Me, a writer? Didn’t you have to go to school? Sure you did. I had friends who’d done just that. But I figured what the heck, and tinkered with a story. Getting published never crossed my mind. Again, this was just for fun, because I wasn’t trained to be a writer.
It was my husband who pointed out all the things I didn’t do to be creative. He encouraged me to go for it, to be a writer. I had my own hero and didn’t even realize it.
I joined the Romance Writer’s of America in 2007 and my local Canadian chapter shortly after that. In the summer of 2014, one year after I met my editor at the RWA conference in Atlanta, Kensington Publishing offered to publish my Women of Vegas series, and I signed with The Knight Agency. It may have taken me a little while to figure it out, but I am proud and happy to say I am a romance writer.