Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Roses Make Everything Better

Apologies & History

At the risk of annoying you by stating the obvious, it's been a while since I've updated my blog. I noticed it needed updating long ago, but life has been happening and I've been living it.  Please accept my apologies for failing to keep things updated. Now it's time to re-prioritize and keeping this blog updated is on the list. Maybe you'll keep reading it if I do. 

I'll try to keep this brief. . . 

Since I was 9 years old I've identified as an author. The first story I remember writing was a saucy little tale about a duck who hatched, took one look at the world and promptly tried to get back into his shell because it was safer there. Sometimes I think I identify with that little duck all too well. If only it was as easy to hide away and leave the world behind. I spent hours writing and re-writing stories about anything that interested me. 

At 15 I went away to boarding school with strict rules about proper books for young ladies and my beloved romance novels were banned. Not to fear, I wrote my own love stories and shared them with the other girls in the dorm. This was before computers were the norm and I had dozens of notebooks full of handwritten stories. It wasn't unusual to hear a knock on my door just before lights out and to find one of the other girls asking for one of my "books". 

It wasn't until I was in my early 30's when I finally was able to call myself a published author. On the cusp of divorce, I had just given birth to my second child.  Plans for the remaining books in the romance series I was writing were put on the back burner. I had only managed to complete the second book before my marriage completely dissolved. As a romance author, I couldn't help feeling ashamed that while I could write about happily ever after, apparently I couldn't live it.

And that's it. . .

 After the divorce I had to go out and get a "real" job. One that actually paid the bills. My writing took a back seat to real life responsibilities, like making sure my kids were fed and the rent was paid. I stopped updating my author blog and Facebook. Sales hadn't been all that impressive anyway and as much as I loved my book babies, my human babies took priority.    

Fast forward a few years and here we are. Recently I decided to take another look at my books and how they are doing and was surprised to find that even though there had been little to no advertising they are still selling. In fact I sold 35 books last summer! Considering that I'm an unknown author with no marketing that's kind of impressive. Why not try a little and see what happens? 

Which Brings Us to the Present Day

About a year ago life really took a huge turn for me in a new direction. I opened my own Insurance Agency and started working for myself. A few months after that I met my soulmate, and we moved in together not long after that. I don't know how interesting my life might be to others, but I thought my experiences along the journey from single mom struggle to finding true love might be a way to reinvent my blog and let readers know where I am at. 

Thank you for reading. If you have questions, comments or suggestions feel free to leave a message.  I'll respond when I can.

Connie

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