It thrills me to shout in my loudest outside voice, I’m going to be published! Champagne Book Group reached down from the heavens and plucked my novel, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, from the ether. They breathed publishing life into it and into me, and my world will never be the same. For that, I owe them a huge thank you.
In other news, I have multiple works in progress – in the past it was usually magazine articles – but I can’t be happier to have more than one novel-length fiction manuscript in the works. I have a sweet Christmas romance screaming to get out in addition to a romcom set in Venice, Italy featuring a fish-out-of-water Midwestern artist who falls in love with a sexy local. Talk about a fun fantasy to write. H’mmm . . . give me a second, my mind is in the Piazza San Marco. I also have a sequel to SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED simmering away too.
As for my day job, I’m a technical writer in the finance industry and I’m also adjunct writing faculty for Indiana University. In short, nonfiction writing has been my bread and butter for decades, so I achieved part of my childhood dream of becoming a writer.
My original plan, though, was to be an international correspondent. As a 16-year-old foreign exchange student with a love of all things Ernest Hemingway, I was drawn to new adventures, new places, new people – and those experiences still fuel my writing and travels today.
As a career, however, that plan never materialized. Instead, my entire career has centered on technical, nonfiction writing. I only began thinking of myself as a creative writer about a decade ago when I realized I wasn’t using my writing skills as I originally planned. I started blogging and freelancing and that led me to more creative outlets. It was only a matter of time before I figured I should take a stab at fiction and, finally, a novel-length work which became SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my keyboard. It’s calling to me….
Getting friendly with the locals in the Pizza San Marco