My youngest daughter was eight months old when I decided it was time to write a romance. I had already written a YA manuscript that was firmly on the shelf. It needed more help than I had mental capacity to devote to it at the time. So I decided I needed to start something from scratch. It had always been my goal to write a romance and I knew it was now or never. The problem was, with a three year old and a baby, I wasn’t sure I could handle a full-length novel. I went to the Harlequin website and found the guidelines for Harlequin Historical Undone. They were, essentially, write a complete historical romance in 15,000 words.

I’ve always had a thing for historical westerns so I had to write one. I started early in 2013 and four months later I had finished the manuscript. After a few weeks of brooding about it and having friends critique it, I submitted His Abductor’s Desire to Harlequin in May 2013. Less than two weeks later I received an email requesting the full manuscript. Of course, I sent it off immediately! Finally, about a month later on June 26th I received a very complimentary, very detailed email asking me to revise and resubmit. I could not believe that an editor had actually read my work, much less taken the time to write such detailed suggestions for improving it. I was overjoyed but also anxious because I knew I could really mess up the revisions.

After writing like a maniac and shoving the revision in front of my friends to critique, I resubmitted directly to my editor a week later. And waited. Finally, on July 31st, I got the call from my editor! Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe it! I’m not sure I was completely coherent enough to understand her first words, much less have a normal human conversation. But even better than getting offered an actual contract with Harlequin, was learning that she liked my voice and she asked to see more of my work. It was a day I won’t forget.