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Breaking In as a New Writer

rescue_me_final_coverAs writers, we’ve all been there or are still there. In the BS stage. Although BS can stand for many things in the publishing industry, in this instance I mean “Before Sale.” Those of us who are pre-published love to hear two types of stories: those of overnight success and those of multiple manuscripts and long years of submitting. Misery does—after all—love company. However, the story of a writer’s first success is always captivating and today Christy Reece, whose Last Chance Rescue trilogy was published this year, will talk with Romance University readers about her path to publication, bumps and right turns included.

Christy has generously offered to give not one, but THREE signed copies of Rescue Me to lucky commenters.

Welcome, Christy!

Kelsey: Christy, when you sold your romantic suspense trilogy, how was the market for RS?

Christy: Better than it is today. Romantic Suspense is still selling well, but paranormal is probably hotter right now. However, I’m huge believer in writing what you love and enjoy, no matter the market. When I started writing romantic suspense, I did it for the story I wanted to tell…not what I thought would sell.

It’s true that you have to be aware of what’s selling, but if you’re just writing to the market, depending on how fast you can write, the market might well have changed by the time you’re ready to submit. Also, if it’s not what you love, it’ll show in your writing.

Kelsey: Would you share a little about your experience as a pre-published writer?

Christy: I’ve always had characters running around in my head and story ideas popping in my mind, but other than writing a chapter here or there, I didn’t pursue it. I had a successful career with a major insurance company, but after eighteen years there, I realized it wasn’t something I wanted to continue to do. It wasn’t my passion…it was a job. So I quit. It sounds simpler than it was. You don’t quit a well paying job without some regret…especially when your husband works for the same company and you have no idea what you’re going to do to earn an income.

Return_To_Me_CoverI’ve always been an avid reader, but hadn’t had time to enjoy it as much as I would have liked during my career. So, after I left my job, I read a lot. Then one day, I issued myself the challenge of actually writing and finishing an entire book. An obsession was born. I finished my first manuscript in 2002, and started submitting. Of course the rejections flowed in, but I couldn’t quit. While I continued to write, I went to work for Borders as a bookseller. That was a blast. Everyone was so supportive of my writing career and I was the romance expert for the store. It was the second best job I’ve ever had. Writing being the first, of course.

Fast forward to 2006. My husband and I had move back to my home state of Alabama and I was seriously reevaluating my writing. Rejections were really wearing me down. So I decided to forget about writing for publication and just sit down and write a story that had been running through my mind. One that I never really planned to submit, but would love to read. I wrote three chapters and stopped because quite honestly it scared me. The story was in a completely different voice and writing style and I didn’t know what to do with it.

In January 2007, I took two online courses, one taught by Candace Havens and the other by Laurie Schnebly Campbell. These two classes changed everything for me. They helped me focus on the reasons I started writing in the first place and helped me identify why I wanted to pursue publication. Then, I took Candace Haven’s Fast Draft class and finished RESCUE ME in two weeks.

I attended the Southern Magic conference here in Birmingham in March and pitched RESCUE ME to my dream agent. She saw the potential for a series with the Last Chance Rescue organization as a backdrop. I sent her the full manuscript in May, she offered representation in June and sold the back-to-back trilogy to Ballantine in July. Though all of this happened rather quickly, it took over five years to get there. And then almost two years from selling to the actual publication.

Looking back, I’m glad I had that extra time. It helped me focus and think about what I wanted out of the incredible opportunity I’d been given.

Kelsey: You sold two years ago, with your first book released spring 2009. Would you take us through what happened between the time of the sale and the release date?

Christy: Since these were back-to-back-to back releases and I only had one of the manuscripts completed when I sold, I had to write the other two. Then came revisions, copy edits and page proofs for all three. In between those deadlines, I wrote blurbs for a new trilogy, as well as completing the first draft of another book. Since I sold a second back-to-back trilogy before my first book came out, I had plenty to keep me busy.

One particular day stands out. I was in the midst of revisions for RUN TO ME and looked out the window to see the Fed Ex man at my door with two packages. Page proofs for RESCUE ME and copy edits for RETURN TO ME. After a five minute panic attack, I dug in and actually had fun.

Kelsey: Could you tell us about the back-to-back release concept and what you see as the pros and cons of releasing three books in quick succession?

Christy: I think it’s an awesome way to introduce a debut author. I feel so fortunate to have had that opportunity. However, it does come with a bit of extra work, as in while writing one book, you get revisions, copy edits or galleys and have to stop and work on those.

Run_To_Me_cover__jpegThe majority of emails I get from readers have mentioned how much they appreciate having three books come out so close together. Seems like back-to-backs are really catching on and not just for debut authors. As a reader, I love it too. Because, if I have to wait a year for the sequel of a book I’ve enjoyed, chances are I’ve forgotten what happened in the first book.

Probably the only con I can think of and it doesn’t apply to everyone, is the need to be able to write fast. With the first trilogy, I had two years from the time I sold to write the other two. Now that I have three more coming out early next year that are also back to back releases, my writing has to be kicked up several notches.

Kelsey: What do you wish you had known before moving from the ranks of the pre-published to published?

Christy: Oh my, that’s probably a book in itself. When I look back on it, it’s hard to say what I didn’t know that I wished I’d known. I do remember thinking that I was as prepared as anyone to be a published author, but I’m not sure you can be totally prepared.

A few vague things come to mind. Like verbiage I wasn’t familiar with, or the process of what happens when, such as when I turn in revisions…what happens next? Or when should I expect copy edits and then, once they’re done, when do page proofs arrive? What kind of input do I get with covers and titles? Should I use a pseudonym? Should I get a professional picture made to put in the back of the book with my bio? Lots and lots of those kinds of questions.

I also didn’t know how much publishing slows down in the summer until my agent started submitting. Though it was about a month from submission till I sold, it was in the middle of summer and things did seem to go in slow motion. Of course, when you’re sitting at home, waiting for that one call that can change your life, any amount of time feels like too much.

I now understand the importance of having an agent. And not just a good agent, but one that totally loves your work. It’s true that not everyone wants or needs an agent. Each writer must take his or her own path. For me, I would not want to do this without one. I feel so blessed to have mine. To know that she’s in my corner 100 percent is a great burden off me. And all those things I didn’t know…? Well, she does! I must have asked the dumbest questions but she was always so kind and didn’t once let on that my questions were stupid or silly. 

What did surprise me was that the worry and angst doesn’t go away. There are still problems and worries aplenty; they’re just different. I honestly thought that once I sold, the words would flow easier, my confidence level would soar and all the self-doubt would magically disappear. I was wrong!

So far, the best part has been the emails from readers. I LOVE them! They are so encouraging and when I have a bad day of writing, I pull them out and read them again. I get so inspired by people who have loved the books and characters. And it just makes me want to write even better books.

Something else I didn’t expect were the readers who would tell other people about my books. Not sure why that was such a surprise. When I read a book I’ve enjoyed, I tell others. But it’s such a nice feeling to have people tell you they’ve recommended you. Or when you see a review by a reader and they express how much they’ve enjoyed the book, you realize what you’ve written spoke to them in some way. That’s an incredibly uplifting feeling.

All in all, it’s been an exhilarating, wonderful experience and though writing is the most difficult career I’ve ever had, it’s also the most rewarding one I’ve ever had.

Thanks again for the interview. I’ll be happy to answer questions if anyone has any.

RU crew, be sure to pop in on Wednesday when Adrienne and our Guy Panel talk about the Shug, otherwise known as the “man hug.”

Christy’s Bio: Growing up in a tiny community in Alabama boasting only one stop sign and a gas station gave Christy ample opportunity to create daring adventures in her head. When she wasn’t thinking of her story characters, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys kept her entertained and out of trouble. Later came the chills of Stephen King and the thrills of John Grisham, but the romance genre always held a strong place in her heart.

After leaving her career with a major insurance company, the characters in her head came alive again and Christy decided to write her own stories. And now, she and her characters couldn’t be happier.

A member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Christy lives in Alabama with her husband, two incredibly cute canines and one very shy turtle.

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36 Responses to “Breaking In as a New Writer”

  1. Christy –

    Welcome to RU today! You mentioned you worked as a Borders bookseller. Can you tell us what that experience taught you that’s been helpful in your writing career?

    Also – did you have a mentor on your way to publication?

    Thanks!
    Kelsey

    Posted by KelseyBrowning | August 17, 2009, 12:09 am
    • Hi Kelsey and everyone! Thanks so much for the interview and questions. I’m excited to be here!

      Yes, I was a bookseller at Borders for over two years. I was considered the romance expert in the store. Next to being a writer, it was the absolute best job! I hadn’t been writing that long and every day was a new learning experience for me.

      For one, I learned more about the sub-genres of romance. I knew what I liked, but never realized how many more sub-genres of romance there were. Also, I didn’t know that paperback books were stripped and returned (mostly series). I had to do that a lot and that is an incredibly painful thing to do! Also, it was the first time I realized that the romance genre is misunderstood by so many. I’ve been an avid romance reader my entire life and to have people think they’re something wrong with reading and writing romance was a huge wake-up call to me. It was a great opportunity to help people understand the misconceptions of the genre.

      I didn’t have one specific mentor but I surrounded myself with many wonderful writers. My home chapter of Southern Magic is wonderfully supportive and its members, published and non-published helped me so much.

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 10:14 am
  2. Hi Christy! Thanks for joining us at RU.

    What a great story! Sounds like your agent was a huge help to you during the process. In what ways did your editor help you? Can you tell us what you love about both your agent and editor?

    Finally, do you think you could have accomplished all you did if you still worked at the insurance company?

    Best, Tracey

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | August 17, 2009, 5:26 am
    • Thanks, Tracey! I do love both my agent and editor. My agent was the one who saw the potential for the series. At that time, I’d written RESCUE ME and maybe about 10,000 words of RETURN TO ME. I was writing RETURN TO ME not for series potential but because the head Last Chance Rescue so intrigued me, I had to write his story. When I pitched the first book to my agent, she saw potential far beyond what I had ever dreamed. And she’s my go to person when I have questions about anything regarding my career. I just feel so blessed to have her on my side.

      My editor is incredible at reading the book and seeing it from a different perspective than I do. She’s excellent at seeing the big picture. Every book is so much stronger from her vision.

      If I still worked at the insurance company, then no, I would not have accomplished what I’ve accomplished. I didn’t even consider writing a book until after I quit work. I just knew what I was doing wasn’t making me happy. Of course, after I quit and had no money, that wasn’t fun either! But if I hadn’t quit there, I don’t know if I would have ever realized this dream. I’m so impressed with authors who have other careers and can still write. To me, that shows incredible focus and drive.

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 10:34 am
  3. Hi Christy. Welcome to RU and thank you for being here. Great interview. I’m curious how long it took you to write books two and three in the trilogy since you had to edit the earlier books at the same time. Scary! LOL.

    Posted by Adrienne Giordano | August 17, 2009, 5:57 am
    • Hi Adrienne! Thanks so much for the welcome!

      Let’s see, I wrote RETURN TO ME in about four months, and RUN TO ME took about nine months. It wasn’t really that tough because I had so much extra time. Having those two years was a blessing.

      I have another back to back trilogy coming out early next year and this time, I only have one year to write all three. So I look back on that extra time and think how fortunate I was to have it.

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 10:41 am
  4. Hello, Christy!

    D. D. Scott here!

    What a fabulous success story…and what strikes me most and at a quite appropo spot in my life…is that you took not a baby step but a huge huge leap and went for the gusto of career dreams you hadn’t even all-the-way figured out for yourself yet! I luv that!!! And I’m sooooo leaping with you, sister! LOL!!!

    Now tell us some more about how much time you have to write your back-to-backs. What kind of time are you talking to complete each new manuscript? It sounds like you basically have about three months perhaps for each new book (to crank out the original first draft for submission). Is that about right?

    I’m asking because that’s the track my agent and I are pursuing too. I’ve got my first three-book series done and cranking away on the second one. So I’d love to know roughly how much time I have to play with each manuscript in a series…LOL!!!

    Sexy, Sassy, Smart Wishes For Much Continued Success — D. D. Scott
    http://www.DDScott.com
    http://twitter.com/ddscottromcom

    Posted by D. D. Scott | August 17, 2009, 6:27 am
    • Hi D.D. Thanks so much! Yes, it’s been wild, fun and scary all at the same time!

      It’s really hard to say how much time you can expect to get for each book. For the first contract I sold in July 2007 and the first book didn’t get to the shelves until April 2009.

      My third book deadline was May 2008. So that was more than a year from deadline to its June 23 release date.

      On the second trilogy, I have much less time, but my editor thought it would be great to have six books come out so close together. I think it all depends upon the scheduling at the publishing house and their marketing plans. And each publishing house probably differs. LOL. I just try to write them in the time frame they give me and hope that they love them.

      Congratulations on getting your first series completed! That’s a great accomplishment. Best wishes to you also!

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 10:29 pm
  5. Hi Christy. What a great publication story! You mentioned the two online classes you took that inspired you. I was curious as to whether there was something specific about the class or instructor or if it just happened to be when everything clicked for you.
    Thank you!

    Posted by Maureen Bonatch | August 17, 2009, 6:53 am
    • Hi Maureen!

      I think I mentioned that I was a bit down from rejections and the like, so I went months without writing very much at all. I lost my focus of why I wanted to be a writer in the first place. Then, in January 2007, I took those two online classes and they helped me to focus. I remembered why I wanted to write…to tell stories. Yes, I wanted to be published, but that wasn’t the number one reason for me to write. I had stories running around in my head that I had to get out! After I refocused, I sat down and wrote RESCUE ME without any real intent on submitting it. I just had to get the story out, so I didn’t question would this sell, or what’s the market or anything like that. I just wrote. I found it very freeing to not worry about anything other than telling the story that was in my head.

      Candace and Laurie are wonderful teachers…very inspirational. I highly recommend their classes!

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 10:50 am
  6. Hi Christy and thanks for the great post! It’s an inspiration to us pre-published out here….=)

    I love the back to back trilogies…when they take more than a year between books, I always have to go back and re-read the first one or two before I go on to the next one..frustrating!

    I too took Candace Haven’t class, wrote my book in 2 weeks…but found I really can’t live with that kind of pressure…too stressful…did you find that having to do 3 that quickly in succession caused any kind of stress at all? Affect your health? Kind of a depressing question..lol..sorry!

    carrie

    Posted by carrie | August 17, 2009, 8:19 am
  7. Hi Carrie, you’re so right about the back to back trilogies. I love not having to go back and refresh my memory of a previous book before I start the next one in a series. And I adore the almost instant gratification of finishing up one book and waiting only a few weeks for the next one.

    I won’t lie and say it’s not stressful. I doubt anyone would believe me. However, it’s a commitment that I’m willing to give. I don’t know that I could keep up the pace for years on end, but for right now, I feel incredibly blessed for this kind of opportunity.

    Yes, it’s bad on your health if you don’t stay aware. I try to walk everyday because sitting in a chair for hours on end (pun intended) isn’t good for your body or your creativity. However, I admit that the closer I get to deadline, the less healthy I live. Chocolate, caffeine and late nights are the norm. My last book is due October 1 and though I’ll have revisions, edits and galleys for all three, I’m looking forward to taking a few days off to refocus and get back into more healthful routine.

    Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 11:00 am
  8. Hi Christie,
    Just dropping by to say hello! I’m so glad you persisted through the rejections because I’ve read your work and it would have been a loss for all of us if you’d given up! I think you make an excellent point about writing what you love instead of writing strictly for the market, because trends can be short-lived and very fickle.

    Terrific post!

    Posted by Lisa Marie Wilkinson | August 17, 2009, 11:26 am
    • Hi Lisa Marie! You’re such an incredibly kind person. Thank you so much for talking me up!

      And writing what you love will definitely show in your work. I love almost all romance sub-genres, but Romantic Suspense is my favorite to read, so just makes sense to write what I love.

      BTW, FIRE AT MIDNIGHT is on my TBR stack that I’ll attack as soon as my deadlines are done. Can’t wait!

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 11:37 am
  9. Hi Christie,

    Can you tell us how much research the books entailed and how you went about it?
    Thanks!

    Posted by Peg | August 17, 2009, 12:01 pm
  10. Hi Peg! I’m fortunate to have people I can email and ask questions about specific items that need to be accurate. I don’t speak French, but have a friend who does and has also visited Paris, so she was a wonderful resource. I have a friend who is a retired police detective, so I run certain things by him. My preferred way of writing is to write the first draft, let it sit a week or so, then go back and read it with a notepad and pen, writing down all the things that need to be checked on or added to. Then I start emailing people like crazy.

    Also, I belong to the RWA Kiss of Death chapter and they were a wonderful resource on all sorts of issues.

    Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 12:13 pm
  11. Hi Christy!

    That’s so neat that you worked at Borders for a couple of years before being published. I would love to work there, but I live in a small town about an hour north (in good weather) of the nearest one. So, I only get to visit every now and then, but I make sure they are long ones!

    I’m thinking of taking an online class. I might have to look into the ones you mentioned. I was also wondering if you had any advice for new writers interested in RS. I know that’s a broad question, but I was just wondering.

    (By the way…I really enjoy RU! This is the first time I’ve commented, but I’ve been reading for a month or so now.)

    Rita

    Posted by Rita | August 17, 2009, 12:22 pm
    • Thanks Rita –

      We’re delighted you’re enjoying the site. Feel free to comment away!

      Kelsey

      Posted by KelseyBrowning | August 17, 2009, 12:47 pm
    • Hi Rita! Yes, working for Borders was a blessing. I was fortunate to be hired before the store even opened, so I got to help set the store up. Back-breaking work but awesomely fun!

      Advice? My only advice is to read what’s being published, be aware of the publishing industry and what’s going on, but write the book your way. I’m a huge Allison Brennan fan, not only of her books, but also of her knowledge and willingness to share that knowledge. She’s got some great tips on her website!

      But when it comes down to it, you just have to sit down and write the book. No amount of knowledge or know-how will matter if you don’t finish the book and then submit it. And then write another one. Good luck!

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 12:58 pm
  12. Gosh, Christy, what an awesome blog post. Thanks for sharing the process for those of us who aren’t quite there yet. I, too, am a former insurance person having worked in the corporate and regional offices of a large company for a number of years.

    Thanks for the recommendation on the Fast Draft class by Candace Havens. I’m definitely going to check it out. Although my agent thinks I’m fast with revisions (they’re like a fun puzzle to solve), writing that first draft can be painfully slow.

    Back to back book releases must be exciting, yet scary too. When you signed that contract at the beginning, were there any moments when you thought, “Oh, $^&! What have I agreed to?” Did you have any doubts that you could turn things around that quickly?

    Posted by Laurie Thompson | August 17, 2009, 12:39 pm
    • Laurie – I’ve also done the Fast Draft class and ended up drafting a category-length paranormal in less than two weeks. Now that being said, it was a mess in a lot of ways. I tend to be a fast-drafter and then much slower at edits. In reading about different people’s processes, I’m finding folks either write the draft quickly or revise quickly, but normally not both. Believe me, I’d love to have both skills!

      Kelsey

      Posted by KelseyBrowning | August 17, 2009, 12:46 pm
    • On Fast Draft, I wish I could say each book I’ve written was done in that way. Unfortunately, that’s not how my process works. I wrote RESCUE ME in two weeks…and yes, I did a lot of editing! But I’ve found that each book I write is different, depending upon so many factors. RETURN TO ME took four months, RUN TO ME, took nine months. My first book in the new trilogy, NO CHANCE, took six weeks and that included edits and revisions. My second book, SECOND CHANCE, took over a year. And I’m still working on LAST CHANCE which is due October 1.

      So I guess I said all that to say, it doesn’t always work for me but when it does, oh my, it feels wonderful!

      I think when I signed my first contract there was fear, but I was just so excited and I knew I had a good amount of time to finish the other two books. The second contract was a bit more scary. I knew I would have less time and I actually agreed to an even shorter time frame after I signed the contract, making it even scarier. But this is what I love and I feel so blessed to have this opportunity, so I said yes.

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 1:09 pm
  13. This is my first time on this site. Great discussion going on! Just stopped by to say ‘hey’ to Christy.
    So,
    Hey Christy!
    As a huge fan of romantic suspense, I have to say I really like the back to back releases. Of course, I’d like it even better if we were treated with back to back to back to back to back… Anyway, I guess those of us that are fans have to give you writers some time to actually create those great stories, huh?
    As much as I’d love some good news in the mail right now, if my name is chosen as a winner, send it to someone else. I already have a signed copy of Rescue Me in a place on honor in my home!
    Have a great day!

    Posted by Kara Conrad | August 17, 2009, 1:04 pm
  14. You know I love your books. I’m so glad you decided to write.
    Don’t enter me as I have all your books & I’ll continue to tell people about you :).

    Posted by Mary G | August 17, 2009, 1:14 pm
  15. Hey, Christy! I’ve told you before how much I love your books, but it always is worth repeating! I’m very glad you pushed through and didn’t allow the rejections to stop you. It’s a little disheartening to hear you don’t think you could have done it without quitting your job, though; as a single woman some years away from retirement, I don’t have that option. But I must say, kudos to your husband! He’s a keeper.

    What do you think led to the different voice and style that emerged when you let yourself free to write for yourself? Do you think that voice was “in you” from the start, or did it develop from your other work? How emotionally connected are you to your characters – do you laugh, cry, frown, shudder while you’re writing? How much outlining do you do before writing a story? Do you write character backstories before you begin the main story? Do you keep a file on location/character/story specifics to avoid a character having blue eyes in one book and green in another?

    Whew :) A lot of questions. Thanks for your time, and keep writing!

    Posted by susannac | August 17, 2009, 2:21 pm
    • Hey Susanna, great to see you here and thanks so much for your kind comments!

      Don’t be disheartened about my response on whether or not I would have achieved what I did if I hadn’t quit work. That was me personally. See, I didn’t even realize I had the dream of writing until I quit. It wasn’t until I quit and asked myself what I truly wanted to do, that I realized what I wanted. You already know what you want, so you’re way ahead of me!

      Also, I tend to have tunnel vision when it comes to my work. If I had another job on top of writing, I know one would suffer. But again, that’s me. Most women are good at multitasking. I don’t think I am. And there are an enormous amount of successful authors out there who have other careers too, so please don’t be disheartened! Each person has their own journey to take.

      Whew, okay, let’s see. Regarding my voice. After I wrote RESCUE ME and RETURN TO ME, I went back and read a couple of my older manuscripts and the difference I saw was in the tone. My voice now is much darker and less, shall we say, chatty? My earlier books were based in the south and I think they all had a southern flavor and though they had romantic suspense elements, they were of a lighter nature. The Last Chance Rescue series is necessarily more serious since much of it deals with abductions and the darker side of life. Also, I think I’ve matured as a writer.

      I’m extremely emotionally connected to my characters. I don’t think I’ve written any Last Chance Rescue book where I didn’t cry at some point. A few characters have made me laugh…I still enjoy Noah’s humor in RETURN TO ME because it was so unexpected. I didn’t know it was there, but it made sense because Samara brought out that side of him.

      I write backstory when I write the synopsis, though sometimes I don’t write the synopsis until after I write the book. I just depends. But if I write the synopsis beforehand, I start out with the backstory. That way, what happens in the the story makes sense…if that makes sense.

      I don’t have a file yet on characteristics and physical traits. I have gone back to my previous books to make sure I’ve got the descriptions right. For some reason, I kept putting Ethan’s scar on the wrong side of his face. I may have to start keeping a notebook soon. A copy editor just noted in my last edits that I have an unusual amount of last names that begin with ‘M’. I have no clue why, but I’m really trying to concentrate on other letters! And copy editors are a blessing. If I put that someone had green eyes on page eight and now on page ninety, they’re blue, they’re great at catching that.

      Thanks so much for the great questions. Hopefully I answered them all coherently!

      Oh, and I should add that you’re so right. My darling hubby is definitely a keeper!

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 2:55 pm
  16. Hi Again Christy.
    I realized that I always say how great your books are but not why. What I found amazing was that all the characters are interesting including secondary characters & even the “bad guys”. There are no lulls – no “skip this part – nothing is going on”. The level of romance & suspense is sustained throughout. I can’t say that about every book I’ve read. I really respect your work.

    Posted by Mary G | August 17, 2009, 3:21 pm
  17. I found your journey fascinating — thank you for being so descriptive and honest about it! Sometimes writing feels like a very solitary business. It’s always comforting to hear someone else’s story, particularly one that ends as happily as yours is ending.

    Posted by Beppie Harrison | August 17, 2009, 4:02 pm
    • Thank you, Beppie! You’re so right, this is a very solitary business. When the characters in your head are the ones you talk to the most, you can feel isolated. That’s one of the many reasons I love RWA so much and especially my home chapter. Having writing friends who are on the same journey is so important.

      Posted by christy reece | August 17, 2009, 4:24 pm
  18. Great interview, Kelsey! I absolutely love Christy’s story of her journey.

    Posted by jennifer echols | August 18, 2009, 9:03 am
  19. Aw, thanks, Jenn! And you’ve made my journey so much richer by knowing you.

    Posted by christy reece | August 18, 2009, 10:25 am

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