Well just like the picture says...I started to feel like I wasn't seeing the type of romance (I) wanted to read, so I decided to write it. I have been telling stories since I was 5 and won a young authors award for my kindergarten class, for coming up with an original story on the spot (if was a full district contest, that we had a ceremony for months later). I later wrote many poems, and completed my first book in 9th grade (a urban young adult book) that I still have today, written out on school paper in one of my folders. All this to say I’ve always LOVED to tell stories and write.
Many friends my entire life said I should (write a book) because I read so much and was so animated about my fav books. At 18 I wrote it on a list of life goals to “publish at least one book”. I would do so, but not until I was 38 years old. I used nanowritemo (which is happening now) to focus, write, plan, get my DBA name and business checking account etc. Deciding to FINISH a brand new story and then PUBLISH it…which I did in 3.5 months!
Writing for me, the story telling part is what I love to do. My favorite genre has always been romance (yes I’ve been reading it since 10 and the only thing it did was give me a bigger vocab-thanks Harlequin). I've read probably a good 500 to 600 of those alone (all different sub genres of romance). By my late 20's I was starting to feel like I'd "read it all before" and just didn't feel like there was much out there that felt new to me.
My taste has always been more about the love story, and strong women characters. I started to see books that were heavy on the sex and light on the romance or heavy on the drama and again light on the romance (to me). Me writing my own book was a way to change that. In my mind I'd had plenty of romance books written for a very long time, and every so often they would randomly pop into my head again. But when I decided to publish, I wanted to start fresh with a new story and that's what I did. I have over 90 stories in several genres (romance and non-romance) with titles and fully fleshed out outlines. I don't know if I have enough will or time or focus to ever publish them, but they are there.
So, I write for the love of “story telling” fully aware my story won’t be for everyone and I’m okay with that. I write for the people who will “get it”, “love it”, “enjoy it”. I write because it’s an internal drive to get the characters and their tales out of my head. I feel it’s my talent, a way I can give back joy, amusement, lessons, entertainment to the world. The same way that many authors I read were a big part of getting me through life.
Since I have always loved to read many genres, I also want to write in a variety of them too. Some of my “planned” books is my Urban drama, a horror, romantic dramas, paranormal romance, women’s fiction and more. Fingers crossed I get that Urban drama out next year along with wrapping up the Love On Vacation series.
To sum it up, I write for me, then my characters and then my readers.