Amy is an award-winning author who has written thirty-one romances for Harlequin Mills and Boon in both the Medical and RIVA/Presents lines. To date she's sold over a million books and been translated into thirteen different languages. In 2010 she took out the sexy category in the prestigious Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award affectionately known as The Ruby.
She's been married for twenty-two years and has two teenagers who only admit to her being a writer when they have to explain to their friends why there's no food in the house when their mother is approaching a deadline. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.
WTG not-very-smart-teenage-girl. Wave a big, red flag in your already annoyed mother’s face. To her credit, she knew instantly she’d said the wrong thing and back pedalled big time. And if she hadn’t, my “that nothing paid for our trip to America in 2007 and the one we all took to the UK in 2009” would soon have clued her in.
I’d like to say that I held my head up and was the bigger person but really I was just p#$ed off. Trust me, that conversation was all downhill from there.
But later, when I calmed down, I thought – can I really blame her? If I don’t own being an author, then can I expect her to do the same?
Yes. You heard me – I don’t own being an author. You’d think after 30+ books I would, right? But, no, I don’t. Why? Well leaving aside the fact that I still feel like a bit of a fraud, there’s an even bigger issue in play. You see, for twenty-five years my main income has been from nursing. So I really see myself as a nurse first and don’t tell people I’m a writer - mostly. Sure, obviously some people know, but it’s not how I ever introduce myself. When I meet someone new, I usually tell them I’m a nurse.
Why? Because it’s just easier that way. It’s a job everyone can quantify. It’s tangible. It’s definable. People understand what it is that I do as a nurse. And honestly there are some days I don’t want the ignorant judgement of strangers when I tell them I write romance novels for Mills and Boon. It’s not worth being made feel like my IQ is negative something by people I don’t know and whose path I’m never likely to cross again.
So…yeh…it’s just easier to be one of those “angels” and have them like and understand me.
But it also devalues what I do.
Just as working from home seems to automatically devalue what you do in the eyes of many – not just teenage girls. Throw into that mix being a woman and I’m the whole “work from home mother” catastrophe. Like its some little hobby that I dabble in while the man of the house is out earning the real money. Like it’s transferrable. Like it’s not important.
Well I’m calling bullshit on that!
Yes, I’m a write from home Mum. But don’t think that makes me less in any way. I get to make people’s lives a little bit better by living vicariously in someone else’s HEA for a few hours and goddamn it, sometimes that is important! And the best part is, I get to do it from home, and no matter how hard the juggling act is (because you can’t separate out the two no matter how well organised you are - or at least I can’t anyway), it’s worth it. I get to be author and super-Mum all at once and if it looks like I’m doing nothing to my kids, maybe that just means I make it look so utterly seamless??
So from now I’m out and proud.
I am writer. Hear me roar!
Website – www.amyandrews.com.au
Twitter - @AmyAndrewsBooks
Real estate tycoon Nathaniel Montgomery is one deal away from making his first billion and fulfilling a promise to his dying father. Nothing will stop him from tearing down the decrepit St. Agnes hospital and erecting posh condos in its place. Not even the crystal-wearing, health food store owner whose publicity stunt lands him in the hospital.
After her brush with death five years ago, child prodigy Addie Collins learned what’s truly important—health, happiness, and the two-hundred-year-old rose garden at St. Agnes. To make amends for the accident, she agrees to pose as Nathaniel’s girlfriend at his eccentric grandmother’s birthday party.
But Addie has an ulterior motive. To repay her debt to the universe, she must show him there's more to life than making money. Nathaniel hates to lose, but as she breaks through his defences, losing himself in Addie's arms might be exactly what this tycoon needs…
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