The Realization of a Dream
What Did You Want To Be When You Grew Up?
That was a question we got asked a lot as kids, as teens, and again as young adults. And for many, the answer changed with every re-asking of the question.
When I was a kid I wanted to be a veterinarian. I loved animals. I still do. I carried this dream with me right up through junior high until I thought maybe I'd go into interior design. I changed my mind on that rather quickly and went back to wanting to be a veterinarian.
I graduated high school and went off to college enrolled as a biology major--Pre-Vet. That lasted all of one semester. It dawned on me fairly quickly that I hated biology and science and anatomy.
So, I took a semester off from college to re-evaulate that pesky question: What do I want to be when I grow up?
I enrolled at a local two-year college as a Criminal Justice major and I LOVED it! I loved it so much I continued my education beyond those two years and pursued a degree in Paralegal Studies. During my senior semester I did an internship at the local District Attorney's office and upon graduation I was fortunate enough to find a job--a job I quickly grew to hate.
It was time to re-evaluate again. This time though, I skipped college and focused on family, becoming a stay-at-home mom. For the first time in my life I was happy and content. Motherhood agreed with me.
The Next Step
Although I was enjoying being a mom, my kids were growing up. Fast. And I was getting bored. I had to figure out what to do next. Returning to work wasn't an option due to the cost and availability of reliable childcare. Then I had a brilliant idea.
It was a no-brainer.
I was going to write a novel.
I was going to get said novel published.
And I was going to make money selling said novel.
A Healthy Dose of Reality
Okay, so my brilliant idea wasn't so brilliant after all. Sure, writing the novel was easy. The characters, the world they inhabited, their stories were so clear to me. I could see them, hear them, and feel what they felt. But that's where the easy stuff stopped.
I had written a novel. Now what? Should I hire an editor? Find an agent? Submit to publishers? Self-publish? There were so many options and so much advice I had no idea where to begin. There seemed to be only one consensus among everything I read -- have your manuscript critiqued.
My quest to find a writers group and/or critique group began. Luckily I found one rather easily and I started to attend on a regular basis. It was the single best thing I've ever done. It was also the hardest thing I've ever done.
Because I had ten pairs of eyes on my work, reading it, critiquing it, and in some instances, tearing it apart. My novel--the next best seller--was total crap. I was a horrible writer. I was never going to get published. Okay, so that's not the truth, but it felt that way at first.
Despite how hard it'd been to hear some of the things that were said, it was for my benefit. The honest feedback I received from this group made me a better writer. For that I'll be forever grateful.
A Dream Realized
After a lot of hard work and unflinching persistence, my dream has been realized.
I'm a published author!
When I tell this story I often get asked if I regret not pursuing my dream to write and publish a novel earlier in my life. If I regret "wasting" all those years trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. The answer is no.
If I had tried to pursue this dream earlier in my life I know I would've failed. I didn't have the persistence or the patience to make it. Besides, all the experiences I've had up to this point make for some great stories =)
Never Date a Cop
A woman in the late stages of labor screams down the hallway of the maternity ward at Oswego Hospital with her three ill-behaved children in tow. Nurse Kynlee Paige rushes to her aid and is saddled with the task of babysitting these monstrosities called children. She doesn’t get paid enough for this. And to make matters worse the man of her dreams-Cooper Grant-comes to claim the children. Perfect. The man Kynlee has fantasized about since high school is now married with four children. Could things get any worse?
Cooper Grant can’t believe his eyes when he goes to pick up his nephews and comes face to face with Kynlee Paige-the woman he’s spent his life chasing. She disappeared on him right after prom and again after they’d spent one hot night together several years prior. He was going to make sure she didn’t get away from him this time. There’s only one problem though: Cooper is a cop and Kynlee has a strict rule to never date a cop. Can Cooper convince Kynlee to give him a chance or will she run again?
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Love by Number
Two years ago, Ashleigh Malone had her heart ripped out by her then boyfriend, Mark. He stole all of her money, left her in debt, and slept with her best friend. Thanks to him, she lost her house, her job, and her dreams of opening her own resort. He destroyed her ability to trust anyone--especially men. She did the only thing she could--she took a job as the manager of a growing, luxury, private islandresort in Hawaii. Far away from Mark and the pain he caused, Ashleigh throws herself into her job and after two years she finally feels normal again. For her, life is good. Until she meets Ryan Blake. In a matter of days he manages to turn her world upside down. Ashleigh reminds herself that she has sworn off men and no matter how sexy Ryan is or how he lights her insides on fire, she can't get involved with him because he's her employee and the boss's son.
As a forensic accountant for the FBI, Ryan Blake was unfortunate enough to be the one stuck going to the Aurora Island Resort to determine who'd been stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. To anyone else, being assigned a job on a tropical island would be a dream come true. But this tropical island happens to be owned by Richard Blake--Ryan's father--who is convinced that the resort manager is the one stealing. Ryan vows to get the job done as quickly as possible so he can go home. Until he meets Ashleigh Malone--the woman his father thinks is stealing. She's smart, sexy, and cold as hell towards him. Ryan now had two missions: prove to his father that Ashleigh isn't stealing and get her into his bed. Hopefully forever.
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So, what's the point of all this?
I write to inspire. If someone reads my book and loves it, then that's great. If someone reads my book and hates it, that's fine. If someone reads my book and feels like they can do it better then that's fine too.
As long as I inspire someone else to chase their dreams, then this entire journey has been worth it.