Seems like just yesterday I was writing the post “After the Call”, contemplating the journey ahead of me. But here I am already, closing out my first year of publication with Harlequin Presents Extra. It’s been an exciting road to travel these past twelve months, with plenty of ups and downs and even a few unexpected detours along the way.
As with any extended road trip, the experience varied from day to day, from book to book, from plot point to plot point. There were times the ride was pure cruising—we’re talking windows down, radio on, nothing ahead but open road, behind the wheel bliss—when the writing came smooth and steady and it felt like there was all the time in the world.
There were days, when as much as I would have liked to set up camp to chill at some vista point, in order to make my timetable, I had to keep moving. Pack away my shiny new contract or that long awaited royalty statement and actually work on the stories that made them happen.
And there were even those days when, after what seemed like forever stuck in stop-and-go traffic, the road I was travelling would actually shutdown and those flashing blue lights filling the rear window signaled a need to pull over. That would be my editor wearing the reflective aviators as she taps the window with the end of her flashlight and shakes her head…telling me to turn around and find another way.
The sign posts have, at times, been few and far between. I’ve been stuck in ruts. Towed out by the support and generosity of those who have traveled this road before me. And I’ve gladly moved over a lane to share the road with another newbie when they’ve pulled on.
But all in all it’s been the adventure of a lifetime. And while I’m sad to see this year drawing to a close, I know it’s just the first leg in a journey that will go on as long as I love the road I’m traveling.
Thanks so much for the ride along through this year of First Things First. I wish you happy holidays and all the best success in your own journey. As you travel, keep an eye out for me. I’ll be the one in the supped up minivan, sporting the “HONK IF YOU LOVE A HAPPY ENDING” bumper sticker!
Mira’s second book, FRONT PAGE AFFAIR, is available on-line through the eHarlequin site now, and will be hitting the shelves in print Jan 11, 2011.
Payton hasn't seen Nate Evans in years—not since he used to hang out with her brother in high school. But now she and Nate are guests at the same wedding where the notorious millionaire offers her a wild proposal—a sexy, scandalous and irresistible affair!
Nate's outrageous proposition was supposed to stay only paper-thin; it was merely a ploy to distract the tabloids from another, all-too-real scandal. But neither he nor Payton expected such a very public affair to prove so very hot in private…
Or to have such lasting consequences….
That’s it for First Things First, but for more about Mira stop by her blog at http://blog.miralynkelly.com or find her on Facebook and Twitter.