MY WRITING JOURNEY
Nine years of writing (not counting all those short stories and poems I've penciled over the years or the very first novel I wrote by borrowing my husband’s office laptop late into the evenings) has been quite a journey. These nine years have included jaunts, all across the country, attending RWA (Romance Writers Association) and ACFW Writers Conferences to network and pitch my work, completing ten, full-length manuscripts, placing several times in the Genesis Writing Contest, and serving many years as a Judge for the Carol Awards. I have also had the huge accomplishment and honor of convincing, not one, but three highly-esteemed literary agents to represent me without charge. (A special thank you to Alive Communications and The Steve Laube Agency.) They have shared a wealth of wisdom and experience, legitimized my work, and given me hope when I needed it most.
I always tell my kids, if a goal is gained too easily, you didn’t set it high enough. Pursue what you love, because your passion is what you were created to do. Don’t stop, don’t quit, don’t ever give up. But in your lifelong quest, always humble yourself to learn and grow and change. My journey has been uphill, downhill, through blizzards and hurricanes and sunny days. Through it all, I’ve been granted just enough hope, just enough success to take one more step forward.
I’m not nearly done; I’ve only just begun; I suppose it will always be this way.