Today we have a special guest on the blog. Harlequin romance author Amy Woods is here sharing her call story. I always love hearing about those and I hope you do too. Afterward check out her release His Texas Forever Family and then enter her giveaway at the end of the post.
Take it away Amy…
My Journey to Publication and Call Story
I started writing in 2011, after dabbling with writing for most of my life in one way or another. 2011 was the year I got serious. I joined RWA, wrote a lot of first chapters that make me cringe when I pull them out today, and I read and read and read to figure out how all those fantastic authors did what they do so well, and where my voice would fit in. Most importantly, I wrote lots—lots of garbage, some decent stuff, and finally, a story that tugged at my heart and had to be told. I submitted His Texas Forever Family to the Harlequin Romance® line and they loved it, they said, but the line was going in a different direction and they weren’t looking for small-town, North American-set romances. I told everyone that I was fine about this and that I was happy to have good feedback, and I was, but we all know how rejections feel, regardless of the reason. So I was back at square one.
My personal life at that time was also pretty rough. The clinical anxiety and depression I’ve had for most of my life reared its ugly head and I had to face it when I began to have panic attacks daily at my (stressful) job. Thankfully, my husband is super kind and supportive and a constant cheerleader for me, and he finally urged me to leave the toxic job and go after my dream of writing. So I took a deep breath, worked out a budget with one eye closed (so I couldn’t see how tight it was), and kissed the stressful job’s great paycheck and benefits goodbye, all the while thinking about that same story—the story I knew was unique and deserved a good home. Determined to find that home, I dusted it off, edited it, smiled as I read it again, and sent to the lovely Carly Silver at Harlequin Special Edition®. She got back to me—she loved the first three chapters and wanted to read the full manuscript! Gulp. After an eight-month wait, Ms. Silver asked for my number just before Thanksgiving, “in case she needed to get in touch in the coming weeks.” Double gulp. I knew what that meant. But, with the holidays, I thought it would be at least after Christmas before I heard anything. I was wrong: on December 2nd, I answered the phone and there was the lovely Gail Chasan on the other end, saying super nice things about my book, and offering to buy.
Since getting the call, I’ve sold two more books to Special Edition® and I’m busy writing the third as we speak. It’s been an exciting ride so far—with all the ups and downs of any good character-forming journey—and I still very much feel like a newbie at all of this. Through it all, I’m trying my best to focus on the most important thing—the writing—while continually reminding myself that even Nora Roberts says that writing is not easy. She’s right, it isn’t easy…but it sure is fun. 🙂
“MR. CAMPBELL, PLEASE REPORT TO THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE…
Paige Graham only has room for one man in her life—her son, Owen. The little boy hasn’t spoken since his father died, but things change when he meets his new art teacher, Liam Campbell. Paige can’t help marveling at the progress Owen makes while working with his instructor—and Mr. Campbell isn’t exactly hard on the eyes, either!
New to Peach Leaf, Texas, Liam is captivated by his beautiful boss—who is none other than Paige! He can’t risk his job or his future by falling for his supervisor, but there is just something about her he can’t resist. Thanks to Liam’s lessons, Owen is on the road to recovery. Now if only Liam can show Paige that the best way to heal her heart is to open herself to love again….”
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/his-texas-forever-family-by-amy-woods.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21471411-his-texas-forever-family?from_search=true
Although she’s wanted to be a writer since learning to read, Amy Woods took the scenic route to her job as an author. She’s been a bookkeeper, a high school English teacher, a claims specialist, and a call-center worker, but now that she’s tried making up stories for a living, she’s never giving it up. She grew up in Austin, Texas and still lives there with her wonderfully goofy, supportive husband and a very spoiled rescue dog.
*Amy will be hosting a Tour Wide Rafflecopter Giveaway for a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card and Print Copy of HIS TEXAS FOREVER FAMILY*