A new year brings possibilities. This new year will bring my first published book.
I’ve been writing stories since I learned to read at the age of four. I always wanted to find out what happened after the happily ever after in my favorite stories. A love of reading birthed a love of writing. And I’ve done a lot of both ever since.
When I heard that Harlequin was launching a new line of romances with Heartwarming, I figured I had finally found a place to call home with my writing. Heartwarming books are sweet romances that don’t have the faith element of Love Inspired, but also don’t have the spice of Blaze. They have longer word counts which allows room for more storytelling.
In March, I wrote a letter to the Heartwarming editor describing my book and offered to send her the manuscript if she was interested. Then waited.
Two months later, I got an email requesting that I send her the book. With shaky fingers, I attached my book and pressed send. Then waited.
In July, a thick envelope from Harlequin arrived. Victoria Curran had written back and said that she was interested in the story but there were some issues she wanted me to address then resubmit the book. I spent the next six weeks reworking and rewriting, then resubmitted the book. And waited some more.
A little over a month later, I got an email from Laura Barth. She wanted to know my phone number so that we could discuss my book. When she called, she offered me a contract! My first book is being published, and I’m so excited to be a part of the Heartwarming family.
Currently titled “True Love”, this is a book that I’ve been writing for four years off and on. It’s the story of a guy who was on a Bachelor-type show and got rejected. It’s now five years later, and the show’s producer wants Rick back on the show. She wants to give him a second chance at finding a wife. Finding love is never easy, but especially on live television.
It’s been a long wait to see my publication dreams come true, but 2013 will make them happen.