I’ve pondered your question for a while. How did I become a writer and what obstacles lay in my path on the road to being published?
In 2007 I worked in the mortgage industry. Along with many others I lost my job. During the next three years I was unable to find work. The stress of the situation along with economic conditions brought on early heart problems. I had quadruple by-pass heart surgery. Six months later three of the four by-passes failed and once again I was hospitalized. The doctors performed angioplasty surgery, opening the failed by-passes with three stents.
My writing got me through the recovery period both times. Though I’ve written all my life I decided to pursue writing full-time during the recovery period. I’ve written three novels and several short stories in this time frame. Loving my stories I confidently, sent them out for publication. After many rejections, a kind editor gave me some insight to why the manuscript was rejected. I took hers words of wisdom and started taking seminars and classes to learn to perfect my craft. I also joined professional writing organizations, networked with other writers and learned from some of the best writers out there today. The learning process is never ending and it’s one of the parts of writing I love.
I now write full-time and was recently graced with a contract from MuseItUp Publishing for my book, If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery, book one. It will be released in September of 2012. Book two, Burn in Hell was completed in November of 2011 and just this week I’ve been offered a contract from MuseItUp Publishing. Burn in Hell, A Jake Carrington Mystery will be released in January 2013.
Though I’m busy editing at this time, I make sure to write something new each day. The difference with this career over my many others, office manager, accountant, mortgage broker—I love what I’m doing now. It seems all the surgeries worked because I’m feeling brand new. Each day I work-out, write and enjoy the life I’ve carved out for myself and my writing.