Here’s my secret to a happy life: by hook or by crook, find some way to make your living doing something you love to do. Worked for me. I’ve always loved to read and I was always being told not to waste my time with my head in a book. So I found a way to make reading—“research, you know”--necessary to my line of work.
And there’s more to it than that. Travel. Gotta go. Gotta experience those settings and find out what really goes on in those exotic locales. Feel that ambiance! Lean back and watch the sunset with that tall, cool drink in your hand. Research. Aaaah!
Now when you write romances, people always ask about the…ahem…intimate stuff. Do you research that? And my answer is always—only with my adorable, supportive, loving husband. Another foundational requirement for happiness.
The kids began to arrive just about the same time I began selling to publishers, so I mostly carried a baby in one arm, a book in another. Then it was a baby in my lap, another climbing up my leg, and my free hand on the keyboard of a computer. By the time the fourth boy debuted, I had a rule that no one was allowed to bother me during writing time unless there was blood—a rule seldom honored, but at least I tried. And I was there to watch them grow. For me, that was another pillar of my happiness. At least most of the time.
All those years—all those books—all those children. The kids are launched, the years are happy memories, and the books—I’m working on them again!
The first publisher I sold to was Jove’s Second Chance at Love. Silhouette Desire came next, then Dell Candlelight Ecstasy, Loveswept, Harlequin, Zebra, Harper. Lately I’ve been writing for Harlequin Romance as Raye Morgan. So many fun books! I’ve picked out some of the best of them which I’m rewriting into a series called Destiny Bay following a family called the Carringtons. I haven’t been this excited for a long time—finding ways to adjust the characters into this new family, finding ties between them and emotions that just can’t be denied—everything feels so new again.
I hope you’ll give them a try—and that you’ll be happy you did!