That all changed the year the housing market bubble burst. I was office manager at a construction company when the market went soft. No sales meant no money for the company. It was May 12, 2008 when my boss of six years came to me and told me he didn't know how he was going to pay my salary that week, so he had to let me go.
My husband and I had started our own business but it was very new and depended largely on the contractors. We wired new houses for phone and cable, burglar alarms, fire and computer and stereo surround sound. The housing slump hit us too, but we managed.
I couldn't find any work so instead I took up a hobby: painting. I painted pictures for about a year, making a fair amount of money at it.
But I got burned out and felt I needed a break.
One day my daughter was over and we were brainstorming for one of her many stories. I came up with an idea. We were to write it together, but personal circumstances prevented her from doing so. I took the reins and continued on my own. Eight months later I had a novel. Now what? How do I get this book out there? Do I send off my manuscript to publishing houses in hopes of them even looking at it or do I do what a lot of people are doing, self-publish. I elected to self-publish. So I did all the research, found a self-publishing company and viola'! A couple months later I was a published author. It seemed so easy. I felt a little guilty. I'd always read about how authors struggled for years and years to get their books published, receiving countless rejection letters, and here I was, published! Weird. I'm still trying to process it all.
I was afraid that with the finish of my first novel, my creativity well would be dry, but that didn't happen. I am so full of story ideas that I have an outline folder on my computer just to keep them all straight. I'm currently working on two novels. One is a young adult romance/fantasy mystery and the other is a period romance set pre-civil war. No genre is safe from my imagination. I've even got an idea for a romantic/comedy that would make a great movie.
So as you've probably guessed, I plan on keeping pretty busy for the next five or ten years. It's what I love to do so I am hoping and praying I can make a living at it.
One more thing. I'd like to say thank you to all my fans, family and friends. Without your love and support I never would've had the courage to follow my dream.
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