Very excited to welcome my friend Angela Crook to the blog today. She's smart, funny, and I love the post she wrote for us today about her journey as a writer.
When I was a young girl, my older sister gave me a Harlequin romance by Penny Jordan. I was far too young for a romance novel, but it didn’t stop me from falling in love. Not with the handsome guy determined to win the heart of the beautiful young virgin, but with reading. In the years that followed I read everything I could lay my hands on, from the classics, to Greek mythology, fantasy, sci-fi, and even horror, the longer the story the better. Yet, in all my reading it never occurred that I had my own stories to tell, not until much later, that is. One night feeling overwhelmed and miserable after a break up with the guy who was supposed to be the One, I just sat down and started to write. That story became my first novel. Over the years, I attended writer’s conferences, almost gave up many times, but always continued writing and learning. No matter if I’m writing a dark thriller or a family drama, love is always at the heart of each story, same as in life. If I had to give any advice to readers, I would say, be bold. Try stories about unfamiliar people and places. I would say the same to new writers. Gone are the days that you must wait to be chosen, write from your heart and consider all your options, and write. Just keep writing.
Check out Angela's book, Fat Chance, here:
Belinda “Bebe” Jones thinks she has it all. After years of hard work and even harder choices, she has worked her way out of the hood, and into Cleveland’s middle class. She has a successful career, a devoted son, and enough money in the bank to ensure that her son will never know her struggles firsthand. But now she realizes that somewhere along the way the girl who set out to conquer the world has chosen to eat it instead. When she looks in the mirror, instead of seeing the svelte girl she remembers, it looks as if a fat stranger has swallowed her whole, leaving only her familiar eyes to peer out from inside. For longer than she cares to think about, Bebe has been ignoring her own needs while she has taken care of her son, looked out for her sister Maria, who is always involved in one drama after another, and served as a sounding board for her best friend, Navah. When Bebe receives an email from her first love, her secret loneliness is revealed and she, with a little help from Navah and Maria, set out to reclaim her life, along with her body, as she searches for the one thing that money can’t buy----love.
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