All according to The Plan!
Now, don’t get me wrong. Life always throws some curve balls and there were certainly some surprises along the way, but for the most part the first 40 years of my life fell in line with how I envisioned. I was slowly approaching that golden place I dreamed of where the “kids” would leave home, husband would retire, we would live simpler and travel more, I would be able to work less, grandchildren would be born for the sole purpose of me spoiling them rotten, etc. It was, as you can guess, all part of The Plan.
By the end of 2006 I strongly suspected that my hobby was no longer a hobby. Gradually I realized that while steeped in the world of science as a nurse and following my life’s plan, the stories that had forever played within my head as a mere distraction while vacuuming or doing some other dreaded household chore had long signaled a buried talent. I could write! Believe me, no one was more shocked than me. In fact, when the initial rejections poured in I nodded my head and said, “Yep, just what I thought.”
Fortunately my online fans encouraged me to keep trying to get published and finally one person believed in me. That was Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks. Being a published author and having a second career was never part of The Plan so if not for her faith in my style of happily-ever-after sequel I would not be writing this post. Now, of course, I am confident in my abilities to write and have decided that even though the dream of working less has effective been blown to smithereens, I am cool with the New Plan.
Moral of my story? I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. I have books to write so will leave the philosophizing to someone who has more time!
Sharon is a native Californian currently residing in the sunny San Joaquin Valley with her husband of twenty-six years. When not hard at work on her faithful MacBookPro laptop or iMac desktop, Sharon is at the hospital where she works as a Registered Nurse in a Neonatal ICU as she has for twenty-eight years.
Sharon is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, the Romance Writers of America, the Beau Monde and Hearts Through History chapters of the RWA, and serves on the board of her local chapter, the Yosemite Romance Writers. In 2010 Sharon created Austen Authors with novelist Abigail Reynolds, a group blog for published Jane Austen literary fiction authors.