Archive | October, 2011

How did I get here?

25 Oct

I’ve always been a planner.

When I was in high school, I planned my future. Since I enjoyed math and science, but lacked the stomach to deal with blood and other icky bodily fluids, I scratched physician from my list of career opportunities and decided to become an engineer. In one college application essay, I wrote that I wanted to work in a factory as a manufacturing engineer. (How did I even know that?) Flash-forward a few years-degree in hand-I was hired as a manufacturing engineer for an automotive supplier. I envisioned the dream, I wrote about it, and I achieved it.

But it was the wrong dream.

I enjoyed problem solving and my co-workers, but I never felt passion for my job. I never got excited about fin damage on condensers. I remember looking around the conference room at a bunch of men (yes, I worked with mostly men) and wondering how in the world they did this day in and day out without going insane. Seriously? Getting excited over damaged parts coming off the line? Yes, I got it. Damaged parts equaled lost money and potentially shutting down an automotive plant. And you never wanted to do that. As a new twenty-something engineer, I felt the life force draining out of me.

Meanwhile, I was checking off my personal goals. I met a wonderful man (a fellow engineer) and we married. And we started a family, just as we planned. I consider myself beyond blessed when it comes to my family. And it was my family that allowed me to follow a new budding dream.

Shortly after having child #1, I saw an advertisement in a women’s magazine about writing children’s books. How many of you know the ad? Anyway, it sparked an idea that I imagine was somewhere deep down. Could I actually write children’s books?  The short answer: no.  But I started writing.  Before long I had success selling articles to local and national publications.

When our family expanded, I decided to become a full-time mom and leave the plant behind. By then the writing bug had taken hold.

I did some research. Remember I’m a planner? I discovered romance novels comprised a large percentage of the fiction market. So I began to read romances across all genres and books about craft. And finally I put pen to paper.

Flash-forward to now…I have achieved a new dream. I sold 2 romantic suspense manuscripts to Samhain Publishing this summer.

The subjectivity and flux in the world of publishing plays havoc on the planner in me, but I’m learning…

And most importantly, I’m excited about each day. I wake up and get to look out my home office at this wonderful view. I look forward to the future and achieving new goals.

And it all started out with a plan.

I just didn’t know I’d get here from there.