On ‘Becoming’ a Writer
I published my 1st novel JEEP TOUR just last year. Now I am getting ready to launch my 2nd – Guessing at Normal. Keep in mind that AARP has been after me to sign up for years now; yes, I’m that old! Reactions to my ‘becoming’ a writer have been mixed. I can still hear my oldest friend’s comment when I told her about writing JEEP TOUR- she said, and I quote, “It’s about f*cking time!” Apparently I had told her many years ago that I planned to write a book. My family was supportive, but a bit apprehensive. “Where will you find the time?” was the general theme. i.e. “are you still going to buy groceries and cook and clean?” If I had been asked that question directly, I would have replied, “I’m barely doing those things now. Not likely to change!!” One of my students (I’m a college professor) recently asked me what I was going to do over the summer. The conversation went something like this:
Me: “I’ll be writing.”
Student: “What are you writing?”
Me: “A book.”
Student: “You mean like a text book?” (I teach Marketing)
Me: “No, a novel.” I got a surprised look. “Actually a romance novel.”
Student: “You’re kidding right?”
I have learned a lot since ‘becoming’ a writer, especially that we come in all shapes and sizes, ages and genders. Look around you. That grey haired women in line at the grocery story may be a best-selling author of erotica. That young guy with tattoos might be writing children’s books. The IT tech you work with might be compiling a collection of short stories. We’ve been told to not judge a book by its’ cover. We also should avoid judging those who write those books!
Writers write. It just takes some of us a little longer to figure that out!
Bio: My first visit to Sedona, AZ prompted me to start writing JEEP TOUR, my first novel. I fell in love with the red rocks and blue skies. My second novel is Guessing at Normal, a rock and roll romance. I am currently working on a sequel to JEEP TOUR, which will be based in Ireland. A hopeless romantic, I am married to the love of my life. I am mom to two young adults and three cats, and I enjoy reading, boating, music and travel.
I am a professor in the School of Business & Information Technology at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA. I was the recipient of the Deliso Endowed Chair Award and was recently recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Department of Higher Education as one of “29 Who Shine”.
Guessing at Normal Blurb:
Jill Griffin has mastered the art of being invisible, so when she falls in love with sexy rocker James Sheridan, at first she is content to live in his larger than life shadow. Building a ‘normal’ life together under the glare of the media is challenging and further complicated by constant touring, James’ partying and the mixed signals she gets from James’ twin brother Alex.
When her poems and journal ramblings become the songs on James’ best-selling album, Jill has to step out of her comfort zone and figure out how to live her life in a spotlight all her own. With no road map to follow, she struggles to navigate her way in her search for happiness. As her professional success threatens her relationship with James, Jill questions whether she can make a living writing love songs without the love of her life.