I married a grump. Don’t get me wrong, Alpha Dog is my hero and my best friend, but he can be a bit – negative. Sometimes when I realize I’ve been listening to an hour long gripe-fest, I’ll put my hand up and tell him he can’t say anything else, until he says something nice.
Sometimes it takes him a while.
Well, I’m outing myself here. In my writing life, I’ve been the same. This is the perfect time of year to remind myself to appreciate my blessings.
Hey, it’s easy to fall into the negativity – one of my publishers was just sold, the other just ended a 9 month fight with the largest online book retailer. Every author is fighting for reader’s attention, and if they were listening, readers would feel like a pound of hamburger in a circling pack of wolves.
But they’re not listening. Sigh.
Seriously. When I hear myself complaining, I want to slap myself.
I mean, I have the best job in the world. The best room in the house is my office, there’s NO dress code, and I get to sit and make up shit all day. How does it get better than that?
Yes, I’ll always be looking for The Next Thing. It’s a human condition.
Even if your country isn’t celebrating Thanksgiving this time of year, it’s a good reminder.
- My current WIP – it’s the book of my heart
- My supportive writer-friends, and at the top of the list, my buds here at WITS
- My amazing readers, who like me! They really like me!
- My supportive husband, who doesn’t mind that I live in a room with the door closed most of the time
- My new adopted State, my new home town, and THE perfect house
- My super-agent, Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates
And last, but never least, my muse, cranky old broad that she is.
So let’s hear it, WITS followers – what writerly things are you thankful for?
She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central. The Sweet Spot (May 2013), Nothing Sweeter (Jan 2014) and Sweet on You (August 2014). The Sweet Spot won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award in the Best First Book category.
Her ‘biker-chick’ novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin’s Superomance line (August, 2013) and has expanded to three more stories set in the same small town. The Reasons to Stay released August, 2014.
In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.