Then, I took a college creative writing class. I took the class four times, mostly with the same students, always with the same instructor. Finally, out of the class, a critique group formed. Even the teacher joined.
Through a newspaper advertisement, I found Romance Writers of America.
I joined and almost immediately started volunteering. I've been vice-president, secretary, co-chaired a local conference, etc. I made friends (my whole wedding party, female side, were writers. Even my sister could be the next Erma Bombeck.) I made contacts. I entered contests.
Then, I sold!
Suddenly I wrote by deadline.
As a published author, I still do all of the above except take the creative writing class. Now, instead, I often am the teacher.
Take for example, the flier above.
This coming weekend, I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books. I'll be doing two workshops.
One on Saturday at 1:00 called "Yes, We Write Romance and We Love It." I'll be doing this one alongside Cathy McDavid (She was my maid of honor btw) and another author.
Another on Sunday at 1:00 called "Everyone Has a Story." I'll be doing this one alongside Michelle Sutton and Julia London.
So, if you're down Tucson way, stop by. It will be fun. And, courtesy of the Heartwarming team (waving at them) I'll be handing out Harlequin Heartwarming books to readers!
Oh, and I'm taking my laptop.