My mom is glad I'm (finally) using my English degree.
Unlike most authors, when I was in high school I didn't want to be a writer. I wanted to be an astronaut. A science geek to the core, I loved experiments and solving problems. But I also loved being creative.
Right brain? Left brain? Yeah. I throw that theory out of whack.
Test anxiety and making split second decisions under pressure made memorization difficult. Needing a new major in college, I took my first English Literature class and when I realized I could write a paper instead of taking exams, I knew I had found my niche.
I loved writing, but never explored it as a career field. My passion was leadership and student involvement, leading to a career path in Student Affairs. I still journaled and read books by the armful, but writing an international best seller just wasn’t on my radar.
A few summers ago, I found myself one evening researching different online learning tools when I stumbled upon Wattpad. I was in awe of the stories and creativity that people were putting out for others to read. I debated if I could do the same thing. I mean, I had a blog at one point that got decent readership, but after a while I was sure people didn't want to hear about how my husband can't fold a fitted sheet (true story) or how my dog chases rabbits around the yard.
Wattpad, however, sparked something in me. For three months I put finger to keyboard and pounded out my first story--an action thriller--that my friends and family happily read and provided feedback. Bless their hearts because that story wasn't really all that great and it will never see the light of day again.
No. Really. It won't.
But as I wrote it, you know what I learned? I was drawn to adding romance to the story.
As we say in Minnesota...you 'betcha.
THAT is what I wanted to write: fun twists on the usual tropes that we all love so much when it comes to reading romance novels or watching romantic comedies. My characters are smart, funny, and always swoony. And yes. They always get their happily ever after.
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