WORDS FROM AN ASPIRING AUTHOR

What inspires someone to write? What inspires anyone to do anything in life? 

My inspiration comes from my mind, my heart, my soul, music, and yes, also my dreams, even if they are crazy and bizarre.

I just know that this is what I love and this is my life. 

I worked in a bank for years. Once it was known I could push and sell the many bank products, I was promoted and had my own office. I excelled there and made extra money from the sales and my branch even had the overall sales of all the others. But after a while, it got old and I just didn’t have it in me any longer. I had always wanted to do something in the medical field and wanted to go back to school, but never thought that I could, due to my age and I could I even afford it. Thanks to my sister, in a matter of only a few months, I was not only 40 years old, but I was now enrolling in the phlebotomy program and then did the Medical Asst program. I am now certified as both. 

I am a writer. I am a creative. This is what I’ve always wanted to do. My Granny would be so proud. She was a writer of songs and poetry. It was something we shred together. 

It’s never too late to go after what you want in life. 

Don’t give up. 

I am sending out queries and yes, I have gotten rejections. I’ve been told that even though my manuscript is intriguing and very creative, it wasn’t a good fit at this time, or it was missing some critical elements. It would be helpful if they would let you know what that was when you email them back and ask. 

Am I going to let a rejection get me down? Not at all. Does it hurt? Yes, like a vicious kick to the gut. But I’ve read some of my favorite author’s bios about their many rejections and it only made them want it more and they kept those awful reminders of why they never gave up. I will keep mine.

I feel very strongly about this trilogy I’ve written. It is a contemporary paranormal romance but it also has romantic suspense, some horror, even some added darkness, but with a splash of erotic romance. It falls into different genres is what makes it different. It’s not your typical everyday paranormal romance. It builds as you read on. I truly feel that book one is a mountain to climb. The closer you get to the top, the more you want to continue to get to the top. Once you reach the top, you hit that cliffhanger, and book two will then take you on a roller coaster ride. Book three is in process and so far it’s a another chaotic ride in itself.

You have to love what you do and be passionate about it. I do. 

You must give 100% of yourself and more to it. I do. 

Having a wonderful support group is crucial. My husband has stood behind me along with my teenage daughter that still makes sure she gets my attention while I’m at the keyboard. My son, an Army MP Sargent also roots for me. I want to thank my neighbor and co-worker, Terri Orlovsky, for allowing me to send them both sample chapters to read for an opinion and now they want the whole book. That made my day. But I especially want to thank my sister, Sammie Rogers Brown (owner of Sammie B Photography). She has been there for me every step of the way helping me through all of this. She is the backbone of everything with what I am now doing on the internet and the website. I also want to thank my family and my friends for their support. 

It is very hard to be a wife, mother, and work a full time job at a doctor’s office and still make time to write, but I do. I happen to work with some great people and three wonderful Doctors. They always give me encouraging words when I write at lunchtime. It means a lot. 

Who knew that only a few years later, after graduating from college in the medical field, that I would take a job to assist with the opioid epidemic traveling to different places would spur my writing that would less than a year and a half later I would be offered a contract for not one, not two, but three books. 

I don’t know how or why, but I was having crazy dreams and started writing them down and then turned it into a story and here we are. The Dreams Trilogy will become a reality.

The learning process is never ending. I do want to give a shout out to some ladies that have helped me too along this journey. They are not only authors themselves, but wonderful and amazing women that I can now call friends and better yet, extended family: Wendy Bayne, Bonnie Mackenzie Smith, Eva Alton, Elsie McArthur, Ainsley Elliott, Mariah Bottaro, Hattie Harte, and Rachel Hailey, along with my sister, Sammie Brown. HAPPY WRITING………………..

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