A warm welcome goes out to fellow BC client and good friend, Anita Clenney, who is still on top of the moon over her three book deal for her Paranormal Romance series about a Scottish Warrior. Here's her bio in her own words.
My name is Anita Clenney and I write Paranormal Romance. I’ve been a secretary, executive assistant and a Realtor, but mostly I’ve been in love. Sometimes it was wonderful, sometimes it hurt so bad I could hardly breathe. Then I found Mr. Right and the two of us multiplied into a family of four, living in Virginia, not far from Washington, D.C.
With scenes rolling nonstop in my head and my feet rarely on the ground, I should have realized that I was born to write much earlier in life, but alas, no, not until I was 43 did I hear the keyboard calling me. But then I tend to do things backwards.
When I decided to wrestle the stories in my imagination and dreams onto the page, my husband and kids encouraged me all the way. Even when I was in the middle of a heated battle with warriors and demons and forgot that people in the real world had to eat dinner and that dishes didn’t wash themselves, my family still supported me. Finally it paid off. After nearly four years of writing, I got THE CALL from my wonderful agent Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency. A publisher wanted to buy my story. MY STORY!!! Not just one, but three of them. Now, a new journey begins.
Take it away, Anita.
Hi everyone. I want to thank Mysteries and Margaritas for having me as a guest blogger. I’m Anita Clenney and this is my first blog, so excuse my stammering fingers, but I’m so excited to say….drum roll please…..”I finally got THE CALL.” That elusive, glorious rainbow that all writers chase from the moment they seriously pick up a pen or sit down at the computer, daring to bare their souls for criticism or praise.
On February 6, 2006 I bravely—and ignorantly—sat down at the computer and planted my fingers on the keyboard. I knew nothing about RWA, critique groups, POV, goals, motivation, conflict, black moments or character journeys. And most of all…I had no idea how many others were in the same boat as me, dreamers driven to put their ideas on paper like an artist strokes paint on a canvas. All I knew was I wanted to write, that I had been building scenes in my head for as long as I could remember. Why it took me until age 43 to realize I should be writing…I have no idea.
Thank God I didn’t know how difficult it can be to get published, how overworked (and picky) editors are, or I would never have attempted writing. But the one thing that has amazed me as I’ve progressed on this journey is the willingness of writers to help other writers. It’s a competitive business…if they buy your book will they spend the money on mine? But the generosity and camaraderie of authors just blows that away. Unpublished writers sympathize and encourage while published writers offer articles and tips and how to’s on every writing topic under the sun. I soaked up every bit of information I could, backing off when I got too overwhelmed, then I’d dive back in again.
The past four years has been a whirlwind of ideas, stories, synopses, queries and oh yes…the painful rejections. I’ve been lucky. My husband is supportive and my kids tell everyone mommy is a writer. You’d think I was Nora Roberts. It’s almost embarrassing. I have to keep reminding them that I’m not famous or published…but now, with their support, and the help of the best critique partner on earth (waving at you Dana), I’ve arrived. Closer to the published part anyway.
That’s another story. Where have I arrived? What do I do? How to I merge into this wriggling mass of writers and overflowing bookshelves that line the stores? Frankly, it’s as terrifying as it is exciting. How do I stand out and fit in at the same time? I would love it if you’d drop by and chat about how you got started, what drives you, what drives you crazy, what works for you? Or just to say hi!