No one told Kaitlyn she should be a writer. Her grade
school teachers might have noticed that she excelled at
reading and spelling, but they didn't pull her notebook
from beneath her desk and gasp at her wildly creative
mind. Her parents knew she was a bookworm, but they seemed
to consider that a quirk. Adults commented that Kaitlyn
listened well, was a talented artist and was too shy to
raise her hand in class. In her lower-middle-class Kansas
neighborhood, writing for a living wasn't discussed. It
didn't seem to be an option. Studious girls became
teachers, accountants, even engineers. Not writers.
But from the moment Kaitlyn could read well enough to lose
herself in a story, writing was her dream. Not because she
craved fame or fortune, but because writers spent their
days creating stories to share with others. Nothing could
be better than that. Still, the dream was vague.
In college, Kaitlyn's course load was heavy in English and
literature only because she enjoyed that type of class.
After college, she settled into a job in the production
side of publishing, got married and started a family.
And let her dream grow large in her head until it burst
Her first completed book taught her that she had a lot to
learn. Kaitlyn felt passionate about the story, but the
mechanics of getting it right were difficult. When that
novel was finished, she recognized that she had a lot of
hard work to do. She wanted to learn to create stories so
strong they would echo in readers' minds.
She tried again. The second story was fun to write, but
she was still learning. Her third effort sold to the
Harlequin American Romance series, and she was overjoyed.
That euphoria surpassed the births of her daughters and
her wedding day. Not because the other occasions were less
momentous, but because the book sale was a personal
validation. It said that even the child of nonreading
parents in a lower-middle-class Kansas neighborhood could
become a writer.
Because no one told her she couldn't.
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Books:The Third Daughter's Wish, June 2006
The Runaway Bridesmaid, February 2006
Harlequin American Romance 1104