Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Welcome to my new blog! I intend this to be more of a diary than a traditional blog, and it will include random musings on life and writing. My family and the stuff that happens around here is often comical, so when appropriate, you might hear about some of these goings on. 

Today, I attended a career day at my daughter's school. She's in seventh grade, so I had the delicate task of discussing romance writing with 12- and 13-year-olds. I was really impressed by the quality and depth of their questions. They wanted to know everything from where I get my ideas to how long it takes to print out an MS. I shared these statistics, which came from my RWA newsletter colleague and friend, Kristan Higgins:
  • 150 million Americans say these words at some point in their lives: "I want to write a book."
  • 15 million start a book.
  • 1.5 million finish a book.
  • 150,000 work up the nerve, the fortitude and the thick skin needed to submit their work for consideration by industry professionals.
  • 15,000 are sold each year.
This helped them to understand why I'm so excited to see "Line of Scrimmage" on its way to publication!