Today, we have a special surprise for everyone: Blog posts swaps!
For today, I will be hanging out at Penny Estelle's blog pimping my latest with a guest post about e-mail, and Penny will be hanging out here with guest post about her journey as a writer. Take it away Penny!
My Journey Down Writer’s Lane
I was never a reader while growing up. I read only what was assigned in school. If reports were due, I fount out early, what a wonderful thing “Cliff Notes” were.
It wasn’t until I was married with a baby and a two-year old that I found out about the wonders of a talented author. Who knew one could escape the world of dirty diapers and screaming babies to a place of romance, mystery, eye-popping sex, and so much more.
I would read my historical romances, which were my favorites at that time, and think, “I could do this! How hard can it be?” Oh silly, silly girl.
So, thirty-five years ago I wrote a best selling historical romance. It took me five years to produce a two hundred and ninety-eight page story. It was so good. I could already see my house on the ocean. I sent out two queries and was promptly rejected. Deflated, I boxed up my story, put it in my closet and it has lived there ever since.
I have been lucky enough to have two stories picked up. Hike Up Devil’s Mountain and Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare.
I’ve also gone the self-publishing route. One is for the middle grade/tween age group, A Float Down the Canal and one is a non-fiction, SOLAR – One Family’s Reality. This was a venue I just wanted to try, as so many published authors are going down this path.
I just finished a story that is NOT for kids. At What Price? A family drama that includes a deserted six-year old, a mother mixed up in drugs, and a grandmother who steps in to protect the one person she would do anything for.
Some folks have asked me if I have made much money on this writing endeavor. My normal response is, “I can buy my husband and myself a large latte at Starbucks!” My first book was published June, of 2011. I have since learned, my vision of a house on the ocean will probably never be more than just that - a vision. Becoming rich, as an author is as likely as winning the million-dollar lottery.
I just like to write. I like coming up with the characters and seeing where they lead me. I like having my mom read my stories and having her rave how good they are, because she would never say they were bad. I like having the support of my husband who reads everything I write…over and over again.
If I were going to give advice to a person who is just thinking about writing a book, I would tell them, “Write because you love doing it. Hope the money comes also. Then go buy a lottery ticket. You just may get rich, one way or the other!
I would love to share all my stories with all of you. Please visit www.pennystales.com and get a taste of the type of stories I have written. Leave me a comment. I love to hear from folks who stop by.
Thanks for having me today, George. As always, it’s great stopping by.