It took me a long time to get around to writing. I had always loved writing and assumed that I would write novels at some time in my life. For some reason I had it in my head that I would need to be at least forty years old before I could write what I considered to be a "serious" novel. I felt like it would take me that long to acquire the maturity and perspective on life's twists and turns to be able to write about them in a way that someone else might find illuminating. I started writing Gwendolyn's Sword a week after my 40th birthday.
Prior to writing novels, I had a long and fulfilling career as a tech lawyer. I've always had a natural inclination to take the side of the underdog, and I had a great time winning a fair shake for small and start-up clients. My love for the underdog has followed me in my writing as well. My main characters are the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, the overlooked and forgotten.
Being a lawyer taught me to weather rejection. Lots and lots of rejection. Being a self-published author isn't that different. It's not the path to success that I had originally envisioned as a writer, but I'll get there in the end. My first career gave me the stamina and experience to know that.
Lastly, I write about women, in situations and settings that we don't often get to see women occupy. I'm frankly not interested in the sexual lives of my characters. I write gritty stories that would normally be written with male leads, although that is quickly changing (see Suzanne Collins and Stieg Larsson).
When I'm not writing, I'm researching. Or I'm working on one of the many tasks (like writing this bio) that take up the time of the self-published author. Or I'm trying to claw back the weeds that have overtaken the garden while I've been working, hoping to find enough tomatoes/peppers/eggplant/arugula/beans for dinner. My non-working hours are spent delightfully in the company of my family and our ridiculous pets--four chickens, two cats, one dog, and a hamster.
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