Today's newbie inductee to the Pink Heart Society is one of a bunch of Down Under authors who were signed up to Desire last year. This gal is a New Zealander with a goooorgerous website you must all go have a look at. And here's her tale!
Growing up, Tessa Radley suffered from two addictions--to books and chocolate. Fast forward a couple of decades and the only thing that has changed is that Tessa finds that her To Be Read Pile has grown to staggeringly high proportions as she juggles the demands of writing with keeping up with an active family.
I was one of those kids with mousey hair who always had her nose buried in a book. Of course I wanted to be a writer. I ended up at university reading English Lit where we spent years learning how to pull every great novel to shreds, in the name of literary criticism. Shudder. By the time I'd been through that experience, I'd lost all desire to write the Latest, Greatest Novel. So I decided to de-camp to law school. The year I graduated I got married and my husband was promptly transferred to a small town.
And that's how I landed up serving articles in a sheep town on the border of the
Yet I still yearned to write.
And the very idea terrified me. What if everyone hated what I wrote? What if I never finished a manuscript? I couldn't even type. Shoot, I couldn't even write in legible longhand anymore. I'd spent ten years dictating to the five top-rate paralegals I employed, paragons who could type over 100 words per minute with 97% accuracy. I even dictated my file notes. The scrawled corrections on contracts and correspondence didn't count because no one except those poor paralegals could decipher it. The only writing I’d done for years was my signature!
A move to
So I did.
That manuscript was truly awful. But at least I was on my way. In February 2006 I sold to Silhouette Desire. The sale of BLACK WIDOW BRIDE came after an online pitch at eHarlequin. Three writers sold as a result of that pitch--fellow Pink Hearter Maxine Sullivan, myself and Jennifer Lewis. It was like a fairy tale come true. It's hard to believe that BLACK WIDOW BRIDE will be hitting the bookshelves this month.
And I'm thrilled to say I've got a Silhouette Desire miniseries BILLIONAIRE HEIRS coming out later this year in September, October and November. Then in 2008 I will be part of the Silhouette Desire DIAMONDS DOWN UNDER continuity along with Bronwyn Jameson, Maxine Sullivan, Jan Colley, Paula Roe and Yvonne Lindsay.
It's been a tremendously exciting year for me. All I can say to anyone who has a yen to write a book is: Hold on to your dream. Keep writing and never give up.
Tessa's first book, BLACK WIDOW BRIDE is out now through Silhouette Desire! You can buy it here.
And how fabulous is that cover? Yummo!
Check out her gorgeous website for more!