I’m going to be honest. When I first started seriously writing toward publication, I really didn’t know e-publishers existed. Well, that’s a lie. I knew they were out there but I didn’t consider submitting to them. More than anything, it was pure ignorance on my part. I knew they were out there but I didn’t know what they had to offer, I’d never read any books they published. I was in this simple place where I sat in front of my monitor and just wrote. I wasn’t thinking about where I would submit anything once I finished all of the (really bad at first) writing.
In 2006, I finished a 75k word stinker (ooh yeah it was bad, trust me) and I was bored, looking for a challenge. I wanted to write something different, I wanted to write something, um, naughty. By that point, I knew about e-publishers and I loved the stuff I was reading from them. Quality writing, fantastic plots, wonderfully romantic couples having smokin’ hot sex. What more could I ask for? I wanted to do that, I wanted to write things like that. Could I?
That’s when I got this little itch to write something like that, a short little something that would singe eyebrows and hopefully make the reader sigh with happiness at the end. So I did. I wrote like a possessed maniac for a couple of weeks. I was pleased with the end result but was it good enough?
I submitted it with nerves tumbling in my stomach (my arrow hovered over that send button on the screen for so long!) and received an acceptance only a few short days later! I got so much joy from writing Release Me and even more joy when I sold it to Cobblestone Press. I thought that maybe I was on to something so I continued to write the hot stuff…
Now almost two years later, I’m happily writing for a few e-publishers and I just had my first book out with Ellora’s Cave, Virgin Jewels. What a wild ride it’s been! I’ve met a lot of wonderful people, made a lot of good friends and I’ve even had a few readers tell me they like my stuff (which is the biggest thrill ever!).
I wouldn’t trade this job for the world. Not only do I get to create characters inside my head and make them come alive but I also get to do it sitting on my (spreading) bum in my sweats.
I’m blessed. It’s the best job ever.