English Literature was always my forte – so much so that it was my college major. Along with courses on Chaucer, Shakespeare, and the greats, I had to take a creative writing course. In high school, I wrote sappy and “angsty” love poems, which were truly laughable, but that was the extent of my writing. I never wrote anything serious prior to this class. I never thought one of my works would be a new release for Kellan Publishing!
My romance novel, More Than Love, started in my college’s creative writing class. I was assigned to write a short story, which, like any other author, I decided to pull inspiration from my life experiences. There was a lot happening at this time of my life. Romance played a huge part. Despite my admiration of the macabre, akin to Poe, I was a hopeless romantic. With every high, however, there is a low. You can see me pour my heart on my sleeve on every page of More Than Love.
After submitting my assignment, I found myself not being able to stop writing More Than Love. It was therapeutic; it helped me get through a really rough break up. I know, how cliché, right? Sappiness and “woe is me” aside, during this semester, I was desperate for work. I started researching freelance writing. It would have just been something to make a few dollars in hopes of affording the very expensive textbooks. I eventually stumbled upon Elance, now referred to as Upwork. This is where I found Kellan Publishing.
Before I knew it, I was calling myself a romance author. Me! Now, this was one of the most exciting moments of my life. I will never forget the feeling of being given a contract for my romance book. It did not take very long for reality to set in, though. As exciting as this was, I had just signed a contract to finish my romance book during my senior year of college. This was the same semester I was in the musical, a Resident Assistant (RA), student teaching, working off-campus, and writing my senior seminar research paper.
It was the longest semester of my life. I would be lying to you, though, if I said it was not worth it. The stress, the time management, the late hours and sleepless nights. I would do it all again. I can – and do – proudly call myself a romance author for Kellan Publishing.