Since I was nine years old. Before that, I printed.
But seriously, I wrote off and on for many years. Finally, in 2003 I left my day job and made a concentrated effort to write and publish novels. It took me four years, almost to the day to sell my first novel (actually the third I’d written since quitting my job).
Not that many compared to a lot of writers. I don’t have a day job, writing is it. I do love to travel and do that as often as possible, but I don’t cook, I don’t clean, and I don’t apologize for not doing either. LOL!
I’m working hard to release my first full-length romantic suspense novel, High Seas Deception on Amazon before Jan. 31st. Wish me luck with the conversion and uploading.
Here’s a brief blurb about the story: In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a mysterious Irishman steals a passenger’s identification and slips aboard Adventure Cruise Lines’ Intrepid. His mission is to intercept a dangerous package before it can be delivered to Los Angeles. However, he is discovered by ACL’s security officer Skylar Davidson, formerly with LAPD.
Is he “one of the good guys” as he claims? Or the ruthless mercenary Skylar remembers from a bloody shoot-out at LAX airport? With the lives of over two thousand passengers and crew at stake, can Skylar trust her instincts? What about her heart?
I grew up reading the great old Gothic romances of Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney and Mary Stewart. My mother read them, and as a bored teen, I picked up a couple of her paperbacks, read them and loved them. When I sat down to seriously pursue publication, I decided to write the kind of novels I always loved to read.
I plan to keep writing romantic suspense for the foreseeable future. However, my first venture into self-publishing was a complete departure for me. It is a 14,000 word novelette, The Sidhe Princess. Since the heroine is sixteen, I suppose it is more of a Young Adult fantasy story. Plus, it is actually a prequel to my first published novel The Wild Sight. I’m not sure that I’ll ever write anything quite like it again, but it was fun to experiment.
Definitely sweet. I have a notorious sweet tooth — candy, ice cream, any kind of baked goods and I’m there!
What is this vanilla of which you speak? There is NOTHING but chocolate! Preferably dark chocolate. My favorite ice cream flavor is Rocky Road.
I write to entertain people with my stories, and at the moment, self-publishing is the best option for me to do that. I had a less-than-positive experience with “traditional” publishing, and decided I would not enter into another “traditional” publishing contract without someone who knew the ins and outs negotiating the terms for me. Unfortunately, I have yet to find anyone, so I decided self-publishing would be a viable way to keep my work in front of my readers.
The good news is: you get to do everything yourself! The bad news is: you get to do everything yourself! Seriously, there is a lot more work involved than it appears, if you want to have a quality product. You need to invest time, money and effort for editors, proof readers, cover artists. And basically, the promotion never ends.
Self-publishing is definitely not for everyone and, contrary to what you may have heard, it is not “the easy way” to publish. As far as I know, there is no “easy way.”
Writers need to thoroughly educate themselves about the various publishing options. Before you make any decisions, do your homework! Be aware of the consequences of your decisions and how they might affect your long range career/goals.
She loves to hear from her fans. I’ve read Princess and Wild Irish Sea – fabulous books, both (yes, I even did reviews on Amazon for her).