Yes, my very lovely and inquisitive daughter Mia turned 10 on June 10. As cliche as it sounds, I really can't believe how fast the first 10 years of her life passed us by. I decided to also embrace this particular birthday for a different reason. I began freelancing after she was born and my career path was forever changed, for the better I do believe. It's been a roller coaster ride trying to juggle writing and editing jobs while raising two kids, but we make it work. I am happy to be at a stage in my life where I'm creatively fulfilled, earn regular paychecks and still get to be in the audience during my children's school plays throughout the year. I may not be rich but I'm definitely happy, and that's the most important thing.
Here's just a peek at what I've been up to this summer:
I contributed "How to Write a YA Psychological Thriller" to the latest WOW! Women on Writing e-zine. It doesn't get much better than getting the chance to interview some published authors you really admire!
I've written a few blogs for The Muffin and am working on my next one scheduled to run on July 10.
I've helped indie author Destiny Allison launch her blog tour for the novel Pipe Dreams through WOW! Details here. Congratulations, Destiny! (Review to come soon).
You can also find an interview with me in the Behind the Pages section of Lake Norman Currents Magazine's July issue (I'm on page 9). It was fun to be the subject of an interview for a change!
Also, I've been working diligently on turning the first novel I wrote into a YA book. I invested in a children's writing workshop and have gotten some valuable feedback on my progress. I also officially registered for the SCBWI Carolinas Conference in September and can't wait to immerse myself in the workshops and get the first 10 pages of my manuscript professionally critiqued. I spent many years thinking that I wasn't talented or even prosperous enough to invest in my writing career. I've moved on from that mindset and have made so much progress in my work once I decided I was a worthwhile investment. More to come soon!