Seriously? You want to hear about ME? Well, okay, but I hope your Coke is loaded with caffeine.
I started reading romance by chance. When I was fifteen, I spent a week with my grandma in Kansas City. The day before I was to leave, we spotted a forgotten Harlequin Romance on the seat of a cross-town bus. Since I had a long ride home ahead of me the next day, Grandma handed me the book to while away my time. I couldn't believe my luck and stashed it away, not to be seen again until I'd safely left the Greyhound station.
So started my love of reading romance. I devoured them--historical, contemporary, category or single title. Soon I yearned to be able to move a reader to laughter and tears and to sigh over the overwhelming passion conveyed with mere words on a page. But I didn't think I could, even with a degree in English. For one thing, I had to earn a living, and [insert laughter] trust me, one doesn't get into fiction writing, and especially not romance writing, for the money. It's a lonely task, and it's hard work, but believing my book might touch the emotions of a reader is...well, SO COOL. That's the payoff. If you've been bitten by the writing bug, you have to write.
I joined Romance Writers of America and found MORWA, the wonderful local chapter in St. Louis. I soaked in the knowledge these generous writers shared. I attended conferences with workshops to improve my craft. I learned about the business side of the industry. When I got THE CALL (one of the top five most incredible days of my life), I was ready.
HA! All the writers and other people who've been on this journey with me are laughing their behinds off. Because as much as I'd learned, there's ten times that I still don't know. And trying to deal with emerging technology (website? blog? online presence? Oh, my!) is mind-boggling. Can't I just write the books and trust readers will go look for me? Nope, not anymore.
Fortunately, I have a very supportive husband and two kids who don't remember a time when Mom didn't write. We live in the Midwest, where the weather has an imagination of its own.
I now offer editing and proofreading services. Email me at MKBooksEditing (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.
Ghost of a Chance came out on October 1. This novella is part of the "Love in Little Tree" series. We catch up with Paul Torres, the hero's younger brother from Runaway Bride. I had a lot of fun writing this book and hope you enjoy it too. It's part of the Common Elements Romance Project.
"The Wedding Rescue is a full bodied romance filled with a lot of emotional layers."
3 Stars, Long and Short Reviews
Romantic Times Book Reviews awarded Stand-In Mom 4 1/2 Stars and calls it a "charming romance" and "a runaway good read."
4 1/2 Books from Long and Short Reviews deemed it "rich in emotional detail"
Q: Do I need to read the books in order?
A: Nope. However, the first three books in the "Love in Little Tree" series overlap in time, so I would recommend you start with The Wedding Rescue, then Runaway Bride, and follow up with Baby Makes Three. Ghost of a Chance stands alone but you do meet Paul in Runaway Bride.
Q: When's the next book coming out?
A: I'm working on Coming Home right now. It will be Book Four, in the "Love in Little Tree" series.
Q: How do I get sneak peeks and learn more about your books? (Okay, this isn't a real question, just something I want to let y'all know about.)
A: Sign up for my Readers' Group at eepurl.com/dlq1dP. The newsletter goes out about once a month, plus whenever I have news like a book release.