The Christmas holidays really made me nostalgic. It was the first time in years that so many members of the family were together celebrating the traditions. Family came from New Zealand and England. My brood traveled from Maryland. And we all met in Atlanta. Imagine a house filled with ten boisterous, opinionated, lovable people. We celebrated the accomplishments of 2007 and shared our goals for 2008.
Of course, writing romances is at the top of my list. A list that is never written, so that I can easily delete or file in the back of mind. Since 2002 when I published my first romance, I have written stories featuring African American characters. No political statement intended. The publishing world has finally provided a platform that allows expression of race, gender, religion, and even sexual themes.
This year, I'm spreading my wings. Proposals will be delivered with characters who may not reflect me. And that's okay. I think readers are sophisticated enough to judge a story on its merits. The time of baby steps is over.
My new philosophy gained strength when I received an email from my editor on December 31 that she was no longer with the company. The unknown is scary. A new editor is cause for concern. The what if's start to creep in.
Yet I didn't get this far by sheer luck. And there were no guarantees in the small print of my contracts promising security and a calm world. After all, nothing in life is without risk.
Stay tuned, as I navigate 2008. I never want to be on the side of the road wishing that I'd followed an idea into fruition.
Happy New Year!!
No One But You - April 2008
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