My sister sent me an email this morning telling me that a friend of hers, who had taken a new job, might be in a position to hire a writer. She told me to forward my resume to Rosie. Resume? Hmmm….
Graduated from Ball State University in 1985 with a degree in Marketing, emphasis: Retail
Worked the next seven years in three different states performing five different jobs. Those jobs included: retail management, renting cars, newspaper advertising, mall marketing, and recreation marketing. No, I do not have ADD. It just took me awhile to “find myself.”
In 1992, shortly after the birth of my first child, I gave birth to a regional parenting magazine, Decatur Child. Two years later, shortly after the birth of my second child, I expanded the magazine’s distribution and changed the name to The Valley Family. Five years after its inception, I turned the magazine over to two capable readers and moved to Texas.
A year later we were off to Illinois. There I answered an ad in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a freelance writer, knowing I didn’t have a chance of getting the gig. But I did and happily wrote for them for the next two years. Then when the budget got cut, I picked up some volunteer writing work for our church which led to a stint working for The Illinois Baptist as a writer/editor.
Then, off to Texas again. Once here, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. I wrote a couple pages and then fear took hold and I didn’t touch it for a year. Finally I wrote page three, then page four and the next thing I knew, I had lots and lots of pages. I spent the next year learning about the publishing industry, joining writers’ groups, attending a conference, and querying agents.
About six months ago, I decided to look into the local freelance writing market and found a few magazines willing to publish my work. Now I struggle with finding a balance of writing for others and writing for myself. Right now, others are winning. I have another book started, writing every other chapter with my critique partner, who is patiently waiting on me to write the next chapter. I also have two other novel ideas in early notes-only form, waiting on me to get motivated to start them.
Adding to this already full plate are my other responsibilities which include feeding, transporting, and caring for three children and a husband. Life is good. It’s good to be busy.