It's a story you've heard before. It's how most romance writers I know got started...that first book swiped from mom's collection of paperbacks. For me, it was a Judith McNaught book...or was it Jude Deveraux? Doesn't matter, they're both fabulous, and once I discovered them, I read all the romance novels I could get my hands on.
I dreamed of writing my own novel, but in my mind it was always a pipe dream, not something I would ever actually do. I mean, a book! Who has the time or patience to write a whole book? And then one day, while on maternity leave with my third child, I got a notion to enter a writing contest. I'll just write ten pages, I thought. It's not like I have to write a whole book. Except, once I started, I couldn't stop.
I was inspired during the writing of Talk to Me by all that I was learning in my master's program for Human Development Counseling. I studied people: why we act the way we do, why we think and feel they way we do and how we can change to be happier healthier people. And then I used what I learned to help counsel my characters toward a happily ever after.
In the last few years, I've learned everything I could about writing--and in particular about writing romance. I've met and learned from other generous authors willing to share their expertise. I've studied writing, joined the RWA, and honed my craft. The result is Talk to Me, a book about the healing power of love.