A...romance writer?! I wasn't sure about that. After all, I've always loved, loved, loved writing for middle grade ages.
"Why not do both?" someone asked. "You already ghostwrite a lot of things."
It's true, I've been a ghostwriter long before I was putting my name on my own work. Still, that took a little thinking. I still wasn't convinced, even though I'm in a writing accountability where everyone else writers...romance! However, I realized as I began having more authors come to me with editing needs for romance, that what was being sent over DID have romantic elements, but there was also adventure. Mystery. Suspense. Just the sort of things I loved reading! It was as though the universe was nudging me toward it.
A short time later, I was tagged in a multi author project. "Do you want to try and write a romance book?" The theme was Runaway Bride. With surprise, I looked at the different synopsis of the other authors and saw: Adventure. Mystery. Suspense.
I sat down and started writing. I'm working on two books right now, one is a Middle Grade novel, titled My Brother the Supervillain, and my sweet and clean mail order bride book that releases Feb 13, 2023, called Mathilda. Mathilda and her sister Louise (releasing April, 2023) will be running for their lives, thinking the Titanic is a perfectly safe place to get to where they need to go...
As a ghostwriter, I had the confidence to write whatever the client wanted, or wanted me to figure out and create. As an author, it's a little harder. I get super nervous, anxious, and wonder: "Will anyone like this?!"
I know...it's odd. Perhaps I should niche down, after all, it's odd to have non fiction, children's, and adult books...but that's me. That's who I am. I write the way I read and edit...a little bit of everything! And I wouldn't change that!
Writing is fun though, and I really hope you enjoy each of my books.
Remember last time, I told you my tale of woe? I also promised to tell you a bit about OneDrive. This isn't a push toward them, I don't get any sort of kickback, but it's a FREE service from Microsoft, that until that day, I never really took advantage of.
Many writers use Google Docs. I do not, for anything important. In fact, I admit it, I had an internal freak out when someone beta read for me and uploaded it on Google Docs, with an open URL. Why? Well, because my teen is ridiculously smart with computers (didn't get that for me, haha!) and has explained just how unsafe that is. Also, as a book editor, I've had files completely be deleted I was working on, when the author made a mistake. They couldn't be recovered, and neither was my time and effort. I had to start all over again, double speed to make the deadline.
Nope, Google Docs is not for anything important. OneDrive though, you get a few free gigs of space, and you can use it to save photos, etc. I pay a little extra and also use it to save my writing. Then, as I'm working, it's backing up (though this paranoid self is also clicking that save button every page or so) and then, if I need to, I can access it though the web on any computer.
Handy, huh? While I hope that you never, ever, go through something like I did, computer woes happen. A sweet writer I know recently had her hard drive fail...along with her work. Thankfully, someone was able to recover it off the hard drive, but for a while, it looked like they wouldn't be able to.
When it comes to your hard work, multiple backups is the way!