…a new indie author who didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer.
As a kid, I was bound and determined to be a scientist. But then I went to college and somewhere in my junior year had a conversation with a friend that resulted in a challenge to write a romance novel with a better plot than the one I had just finished reading.
Challenge accepted, I spent two months in my spare time between classes writing the crappiest first book in the history of all crappy first books. By the time I typed “The End” on the crappiest book that has ever existed, I had a new-found respect for the craft of writing romance and a burning need to write another.
Until my entire hard drive was filled with more and more (incrementally less crappy) books.
In hindsight, it may have looked like a complete waste to spend my spare time practicing and writing crap, but I couldn’t stop. I was officially hooked on writing and driven by a need to improve my skills as a writer then find my voice, my genre, my happy space in the romance novel spectrum.
Then, last year, I found it.
After about twenty years of practicing, learning, and working in the “real world” with a day job title that included the word “scientist”—I finally found my voice, my genre, my happy space in the romance novel spectrum.
Paranormal Military Romance. The hotter, the better.
I wish I could say that my path to finding my voice was a super inspiring one laced with good times and laughter, but it wasn’t. I struggled. Hard. And was on the verge of tossing in the towel and walking away from writing fiction permanently. Then I did the one thing I’d had been told never to do—the one thing I’d spent the majority of my time desperately trying to avoid.
Write crap. The crappier the better. Write like you don’t care what people think of it. Write like you care about getting the gist of the story right, but don’t care if people like the story.
Sounds counter-intuitive to establishing an indie author career, doesn’t it? Yep. But it worked for me and was (in perfect 20:20 hindsight vision) the best thing I could have ever done to release myself and my voice from the chains of my own worst enemy.
Me, myself, and my expectations.
Whole idea of that sounds super crappy, but hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? Right. Especially if she ever hopes to achieve her dream, passion, and goal:
To write and get as many hot, paranormal military romances to readers as possible.
To introduce as many readers as possible to my brand of crazy and character driven, romantic, hot messes that feature strong, intelligent heroines who aren’t afraid to go to-to-toe with their commitment phobic, potty mouth, hot alpha hero-types burdened with jacked paranormal abilities, control freak tendencies, and twisted senses of humor.
To push, cajole, cattle-prod-shove the heroes and heroines in my world down the right path—the only path—that’ll get them to their happily ever after in one piece.
It’s a journey. One that I hope to share with you, my readers, my friends.
But be forewarned… my brand of crazy isn’t for everyone. I write without a filter. I don’t pretty it up to meet expectations. With me it is what it is. No games. No gimmicks. No sell thru marketing schemes. It’s just me chronicling the adventures of the crazies in my head. And just so we’re clear…
By crazy, I mean me staying in my writer’s headspace, then embracing my inner evil author to craft and write stories with just the right amount of crazy that tests my heroes and heroines’ mettle and level of commitment to the mission and each other by lobbing a few (ticking) sh*t fairy bombs at them to rattle their inner barriers and best laid plans of staying safe, single, and in control.
If that sounds like an adventure you’d like to take with me… then let’s do this right and start of with a taste of the story that started it all… Devil’s Tango. After you check out that snippet, head over to my blog and get read in on my paranormal world here.
While you do that, I’m headed back off to the writing cave, because the peeps have me on tight schedule and deadline for getting the next books out.
Until next time, have fun and happy reading!