Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ohh La La

I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger.

Seven years ago to today I moved to Nashville. What a hell of a ride it has been. I've grown so much as a person that I don't even think I would recognize the girl I was then compared to the woman I've become now.

It was the relationship with the brain damaged pro wrestler that led me to Music City, then a job that made me decide to stay. Now I have neither of those things in my life. Thank Goddess!

At least it gave me plenty of story material for my Ring Dreams series. I'd always dabbled with writing, but never took it seriously until I used it as my escape from that horrible domestic situation. I used to lock myself up in the bedroom with the dogs and my laptop and try to write myself into a better place. When I first started out I was clueless of craft and technique. Headlocks & Hexes has probably been rewritten close to a million times since I first started working on it in 2007.

Jump to 2011 and I've completed three manuscripts and have an offer for publication. I'm almost there, teetering on the abyss of taking the giant leap into the next phase of my writing career.

None of this would have been possible if I hadn't joined Romance Writers of America and discovered my local Music City Romance Writers chapter. These incredible ladies made me feel welcome from my very first meeting and I have learned so much from them. We've celebrated each other's accomplishments and they always keep me inspired to push my writing to the next level. Without them I never would have gotten to where my work was decent enough to interest a publisher.

If I hadn't of moved to Nashville, I never would have found Harry. That dog is the love of my life. I didn't rescue him, he rescued me. Some days he's been my only reason for getting out of bed in the morning. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog.

I do miss my mom and getting to see my nieces on a regular basis. I miss the tennis program at The Asheville Racquet Club, my coach Alex, and my hitting partner Katheryn. But, I suppose that for right now, I guess this is where I am meant to be.

Who knows what the future holds?

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