I write because I love too. Fame has never been my aim. I just love to have people read what I write and enjoy it. That said, since I self published, I hope to realize enough monetary gain to let me live and carry on doing what I love to do!
I have always loved words. They are so powerful and versatile. The same words take on a different meaning, depending on the context they are set in and the tone with in which they are spoken. Wonderful “pictures” can be painted with them, but the pictures are individual to each reader because it is their response to them that creates their version of the painting.
Writing essays was my favourite exercise at school, and I published my first article about fashion in the Western Producer when I was 14 years old. I received something like $2.15 for it and I was thrilled.
WHY DO I WRITE ROMANCE?
The fact is, I read many genres, and particularly enjoy murder/ mysteries. I devour books by Tami Hoag, Nora Roberts aka. J.D. Rob, John Grisham, James Patterson, David Baldacci, and Ken Follett; but my mind doesn’t quite work like theirs—at least not yet.
I am a romantic at heart and I love happy endings, so I’ve started my writing career by writing romance; a thread that resonates within me. I am totally fascinated by human relationships and I instinctively notice how people interact. I’m curious about what makes some relationships work and what makes some relationships fail.
As a person, I have deliberately cultivated open mindedness. I truly believe we all have our own individual life path to follow and I cannot walk in anyone else’s steps, so who am I to judge them or criticise their choices and actions.
Life experience and common sense have taught me that the idea of a fairy tale romantic relationship is just an unrealistic fantasy. After the initial burst of heart pounding lust and romantic dreaming, real life has to set in. Long term relationships don’t just happen; they take a lot of care and attention along the way. I believe all relationships have an ebb and flow—maybe even a few bouts of stormy weather that can seriously threaten the relation”ship”.
Speaking from my own experience, it is very comforting and satisfying to look back and know that my husband and I have rode out the storms (to be honest some of them were hurricanes) and now we are sailing smoothly into a vibrant, beautiful sunset. (Hey—don’t get me wrong—we still have small tempests; after all we are human and we are both still very much alive. But the big storms should be behind us. Cross our fingers!)
There is so much stress, pain and hopelessness in our world today, if my writing can bring even a few people pleasure and a time of happy escape, it will make my work worthwhile.
HOW DO I WRITE?
Thank the gods of technology for computers! They also make research incredibly easy! I always start out with a general idea of where the story goes. At one time I tried so hard to be organized and write from an outline, but my characters become so real to me they are like my children or my friends. Sometimes I find myself thinking “what are you doing–no you can’t do that!” and I will change the story line–but it never feels right until I let them do what they want to–maybe I should say need to do. Then the story flows, and things I’d never intended to happen just do. It works for me—for us, I should say!
When I dipped my toe into the self publishing waters, I honestly didn`t know what I was getting into. I just knew I had a story and getting it out there was on my “Bucket List”, so I went for it. And I am hooked!
Times are changing, and while there is a place for publishing houses, there is a whole new wonderful, exciting world out there for anyone who has the courage, persistence and vision to enter the arena! Through the journey of becoming one of today`s thousands of independently published authors, I have read some lesser known independently published authors who in my books (no pun intended) are equal to the big name authors from big publishing houses. Two of Melissa Foster’s books–Megan`s Way (which is also being made into a movie) and Come Back To Me are outstanding. Brainrush by Richard Bard blew me away. The Soul Bearers by Sylvia Massara (only in ebook format) and Lust,Money and Murder (Books 1,2 &3) by Mike Wells(ebook only) were both wonderful books. I have read great Romances like Second Chance at The Sugar Shack by Candis Terry (ebook) and Texas Twilight (Book Two of the McCutcheon Family Series) by Caroline Fyffe (ebook) were great reads also and all available from Amazon.com.
I bought a Kindle, and it has totally changed my reading experience! I love it! No—you can’t dog ear the corners of the page, and you don’t want to fall asleep and let your “book” fall of the bed, or take it in the tub and get it wet! But what a new world of reading it has opened up to me!
MY FIRST BOOK
My husband and I retired about 4 years ago and a few people suggested that I should publish my book and start writing again. In 2010 I blew the dust off the old manuscript for Hearts at Risk and reread it. I still loved these “old friends” so I decided to polish it up a bit and publish it.
Doing so opened up a whole new world–no boredom in retirement–not that there ever had been because I was almost buried in a huge genealogy project already. My husband was already beginning to wonder if he actually had a wife. Now he accepts that he has serious competition–my computer! I`m there from dawn to bedtime!
THE REST OF THE STORY!
Publishing was only the beginning of it all. Then came the marketing–all things that were– no! actually still are– new to me. Twitter, facebook, YouTube, websites, blogs, book signings; and on the list goes. I need at least three of me–one to look after the house (God-I can hardly stand the chaos–paper and mess everywhere! Thank god my husband sweeps the floor once in a while!). Then I need another clone of me to do all the marketing things, and then I could spend more time doing what I love most; working on my next book!
I had a busy fall and winter writing ” you can run….” It is the second in the Thompson Family Trilogy; a sequel of HEARTS AT RISK.