Please join me in welcoming Avon author Robert Barclay to the blog today! He’s sharing his latest release The Widows Walk along with a fabulous giveaway you can enter at the end of the post 🙂
But before we enjoy a teaser of Robert’s book, learn a little bit more about him by checking out his five reasons to write!
Take it away Robert…
Five Reasons To Write:
This topic is an interesting one; and an easy one, too. If one can write for a living, there are so many good reasons to keep doing it that it’s actually difficult to pick only five. Anyway, here goes:
First, you supposedly love what you do. You know what they say–love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Well, that’s how I feel about it. I’ve been lucky enough to get published and to still be writing books. And because I love it, it’s never feels like work.
Second–and this one may be totally obvious–if you’re fairly successful, the money can be pretty good. The only drawback is that you get paid in a strange way; that is, in big lump sums from time to time, rather than drawing a regular paycheck. But with a little careful money management and a sharp accountant, it generally seems to all work out.
Third, we writers don’t have any real bosses, just an agent and an editor that we have to keep happy, plus the occasional publicist when a new book comes out and we’re being kept busy writing blogs like this one. In truth, I’ve never found it difficult to stay in the good graces of an editor, an agent, or a publicist. I’d much rather be working for them, than toiling in some cubicle with one or more bosses watching me.
Fourth–and this is a big one–provided your work gets done and you meet your deadlines, you can make your own hours. There’s no time card to punch, no need to ask permission for your vacation times. And there’s no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you seated at your desk, doing what you’re supposed to be doing. But with this freedom comes a lot of responsibility. If you goof off for a couple of days, it’s likely that no one else will know but you. On the other hand you have goofed off for two days, meaning that you’ve just lost two days during which you could have been producing.
And fifth, if you’re lucky enough to write enough books, there can be a certain amount of fame attached to this crazy job. Some writers find that to be a drawback. But I, on the other hand, actually enjoy it if someone stops me in a public place, for example, and asks if I’m really Robert Barclay, and could I perhaps sign something for him or her. That’s a great treat for me, and I’m not afraid to say so.
Best regards, and good reading, –Robert Barclay.
His name was Garrett Richmond and he had always wanted to live by the ocean. So when the opportunity to buy-and renovate-the old home known as Seaside arrived, he leapt at the chance. Never mind that his friends and family thought he was crazy, he knew he could return this lonely mansion, worn by time, wind, and neglect, to its former beauty. But Seaside was more than just a project; it was spot that had called to him his entire life.
And then one night he saw her…
Her name is Constance Elizabeth Canfield and she tells him Seaside has been her home for over 150 years. But Constance is no ghost; rather, she claims that she has been somehow magically trapped between this life and the next. At first, Garrett can’t believe her crazy story-the woman had to be lying! And yet, there was something about Constance that was from another time…
Soon this mysterious woman, and flesh and blood man share a closeness they cannot deny. But just as their love begins to bloom, Constance’s presence starts mysteriously fading away, soon to be gone forever. Is their love doomed–or is it strong enough to transcend time, and even death itself?
After graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor Art History, Robert J. Barclay enjoyed a successful career in business, and served as chairman of his industry-related consulting group. After selling his business and moving from upstate New York to Florida (and with some rather successful prodding by his wife), he was able to finally devote his full attention to something he had always wanted to do: write a book. Rob lives in sunny south Florida. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys weightlifting, Shotokan Karate, and going to the beach to do absolutely nothing.