This week we here at the Pink Heart Society all feel a bit special about higlighting the journey of this gal. For she is the very first unpublished Pink Heart Member to have sold a category romance!!! There we were, happily nattering on our yahoo group about, oh, I don't know, hot heroes most likely, when up sprung the lovely Katharine Swartz with the news!
After living for six years in
THE JOURNEY TO THE CALL...
I’ve been reading Harlequin romances since I was a young teen--my mother used to put them in my Christmas stocking. Even though I ended up trying to write for Tender/Romance for a long time, Presents was the line I personally liked to read.
I started writing my first romance novel when I was just out of college, living in
I decided to put romance to the side for awhile and concentrate on short stories and serials for women’s magazines in the
Still, every once in awhile, I jotted down various notes and ideas for different romance novels, and told myself I’d get back to it when I had time... with three young children around, that time never seemed to come!
Then in the summer of 2006, I had my first book, a rewritten serial, accepted for publication by a small
I’d had a story in my head--and in particular, a hero--that I really wanted to write, and so I wrote the first 100 pages of that story in little over a week, which was a record for me. By mid-July, I sent my partial to Presents (the first time I’d targeted this line) and settled down for what I hoped was only a two or three month wait.
Five months later, a few days before Christmas, I got a thick letter from Mills & Boon and opened it with trembling fingers. They liked the story and my voice, but there were three pages of revisions. Fortunately, I’m someone who actually likes revisions and my parents offered to watch the children for a few days so armed with a large cup of coffee by my computer I got to work.
I finished the revisions in just over two weeks, sent the manuscript in, and settled down for what they had said would be a sixteen week wait. Fortunately, this time I heard from my editor just two weeks later, requesting more revisions but in a very positive way. Afraid to be too excited, I worked on the revisions and sent them to her within a week. Another e-mail just one day later... more revisions! Now there was a deadline because I was going on vacation that Thursday, and if the book was accepted, it needed to be ready by Friday.
I spent most of the night on those revisions, sent them in, heard back the next day... one last revision! Another night of writing and finally on Thursday morning--the day I was leaving for vacation--I got the official call.
The funny thing is, for that whole crazy week of phone calls and revisions, my husband was away with no e-mail or phone access, and I was alone with my kids and had no one (except internet friends) to share the news with--at least, no one in real life who would really understand. Still, it didn’t stop me from being just about wild with excitement--the buzz is still going on!
The Italian’s Chosen Wife is out in December 2007, and Kate just recieved news that her second book has sold!!! Seduced by The Greek is out in March 2008!