1) I have amazing kids who go to bed on time every night (mostly) and a very supportive husband.
2) Writing is important to me, so I make time for it.
When I found out I was having my second child, I decided to put my writing career on hold for a short while so I could focus on my kids, after all two is harder and newborns need a lot of time and attention. Thankfully my BFF, Katie convinced me to submit my story anyway. Lo and behold my book was picked up by a publisher days after my daughter was born. As excited as I was, I knew it was going to be a challenge.
The best surprise? It was easier than I thought. Having another child brought so much joy to our lives, not to mention I have the best baby in the whole universe (that’s not too biased). Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a walk in the park by any means, but the rewards are worth it.
Having children adds depth to my creativity, and my writing is better for it. My kids and family provide support, encouragement and lots of, “You’re so awesome, mom!” No amount of free time in the world is a better substitute. On days when I so frustrated with my story I can’t see straight, all I have to do is look into their sweet faces or spend quality time with them to be inspired. Who could ask for more?
Rich and our son, Erik can never wait to give me their presents whether it’s my birthday and Christmas time, so sure enough, Mother’s Day I got my gifts a day early. My husband did an awesome job of getting a card from our 10 month old, Zoe that was completely adorable and couldn’t have been more perfect if she’d picked it herself. Erik made me a card at school which was so fantastic that I wanted to cry. My husband’s card said what it always does. I’m so lucky that you married me. He’s right, of course.
I love being a mom and a writer. It has its challenges, but they’re the best jobs in the world and I’m blessed that I don’t have to choose between them.
I live in Grand Cayman with my husband and two kids. Reading, spending time with my family, traveling, and meeting people is my joy. Writing is my passion.
My first book, For the Love of Jazz, is a romantic suspense. I stumbled into writing suspense and loved it along with writing about serial killers. I write time travel, historical, and contemporary novels to even out my dark side.