The Journey Begins

My journey began when I was a youngster. I loved to read and write. There were so many great books that I read growing up, but my real love affair was with the romance novel. Johanna Lindsey’s Captive Bride took me to a world I could never have imagined and one I’m sure my mother didn’t want me to imagine.  Things grew from there. Besides reading what I could get my hands on, I began filling up lots of notebooks with tales of my own.

Back then… it was a farfetched dream to grow up and be a romance novelist. That dream was better known as a fairytale. So I needed to do the next best thing, find a career path that would allow me to write. While I was in high school I wrote for our school newspaper, our yearbook and our local hometown paper. This led me to be a communications major in college. It was a perplexing situation because reporters didn’t make much money and honestly, it wasn’t very glamorous. Now public relations and marketing were far more appealing and thus my 20 year career was born.

Soooooo, the day job was taken care of and I was making a living and paying my bills. Now don’t misunderstand, I love my marketing career. It’s important to go to work every day and love what you do, but something was missing.  I still loved to write and I had my stories tucked away here and there, always dreaming of someday being like Danielle Steele or Nora Roberts. Then one day one of my good friends, who also loved to write, told me about this great writers group and asked me if I wanted to go. Wow, you mean actually go and be with other writers, PUBLISHED authors? Sign me up.

We joined the Central New York Romance Writers, the local chapter of Romance Writers of America.  It was on that day that a whole new world was opened up to me.

So tell me, where did your journey begin?

2 Responses to The Journey Begins

  • BONNIE ( says:

    I am so proud of you. You go girl. I can’t wait to read your book. I write horror stories and would love to get one of mine published. Believe it or not, they come from my dreams, (nightmares). I do my best writing at night (late at night), but don’t get a chance to do it very often. Surprisingly, I also write poetry and songs that are not horror related. I would love to know how you got your book published. That is a great accomplishment.

    • Thanks Bonnie. I think it is very possible to get your stories published. The first thing you need to do is know the market. Read the types of books that are similar to what you write. This gives you an idea of the types of stories that are selling and also a way NOT to duplicate what is already out there.

      I’m not surprised that you get ideas from your dreams. I have many ideas come to me in my dreams or if I’m stuck on a scene I often dream about it. A tip for you: I have a stack of colored index cards. Each color is a different story that I’m working on. When I have a thought (often in the shower) or a dream about one of them, I grab the appropriate index card and write it down. Since you don’t have as much time to write as you would like the cards allow you to get those ideas out and then go back to them when you are ready to write. I learned that trick from Author extrodinaire, Gayle Callen.

      I hope my future blogs will give you tips in making those stories come to life and get printed.

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