Summer time down here is Florida is a time to regroup and plan for the upcoming season with gusto. Since it is often slow business wise, it is also a good time for reflection.
It was during a morning business networking group that I found myself faced with a challenge of my own. We were all reveling a secret longing that each of us had always wanted to pursue. When it was my turn, I found myself blurting out the words “write a mystery and see it published”. Well, the person most surprised by this revelation was non-other than ME!!
Oh, I knew I had always loved to read, and when I was in college enjoyed creative writing, but then life happened at that all got swept into the back drawer of my desk as I made room for a business and family.
And the years passed.
Now my son is getting ready to head off to college himself and I have just proclaimed to my friends and associates that I wanted to write a book. Well, what was I to do? Those words were not just a longing, but a dare to myself-a double dog dare. I could just pretend that it was just a passing fancy, a whim OR I could do something about it.
And so I began to write.
And once the words started to form sentences, then pages grew into chapters and by the beginning of fall, I had completed my first book! Now I’m hooked. I have started the second book in the mystery series and have the outlines for about ten more books in the same series. Plus, I have the idea for another series in a whole other style and genre.
It hasn’t been as easy as it sounds (I’m horrible at spelling and my first book needed a lot of editing) and I still have a business to run and a family to take care of. But, you know, I think I like this new direction my life is going in.