Today is the beginning of my Writer’s Wednesday!!!!
To start it off I have author Nora Snowdon visiting!
Welcome, Nora!!! Thanks for being with us today!
Thanks so much for letting me kick off your Writer Wednesdays.
I’ve been writing books for about seven years now. After completing my first novella, The Secret Diary of Supersleuth Girl, in 2006, I thought, ‘Okay, now I just need to find a publisher and I’m on my way.” Ahh, the innocence of newbie writers. That middle-grade book was sent out to two publishing houses but remains unpublished. It turns out I don’t take rejection well.
I moved on to writing chick-lit and, armed with my new novella, Sew Happy Together, was prepared to give Janet Evanovich a run for her money. Well… St. Martin’s Press never responded to the full manuscript I mailed to them (unsolicited) and I retreated to write more romance books.
Joining Romance Writers of America (but the chapter for Canadians, eh?) I learned about the business and picked up my fabulous critique partners. I continued in my quest for publication. Then last year in Dec. 2012, I got my first call. (well, e-mail actually) Rebel Ink Press wanted to publish my werewolf/romantic comedy, Love at First Sniff! Whoo-hoo! Champagne for the masses!
Editing, book cover, promoting were all new and exciting. –well, they still are exciting. And my first book came out in March 2012! Emboldened by Rebel Ink’s acceptance I sent them “Sew Happy Together” which they fixed up and released in May 2012. (I think) Crimson Romance published my paranormal romantic suspense, Arsonists Anonymous in Aug 2012 followed by The Spanish Acquisition in Dec 2012.
It amazes me how fast everything fell into place from being unpublished to multi-published. And now the pressure has increased. I published a short pirate story, A Pirate’s Booty, with Rebel Ink this year, but need to get more books out to keep up my momentum. Plus I should be doing publicity for my books.
But one thing I have to remind myself; enjoy the process. I dreamt of being a published author and now I am. In life you’re constantly striving for new goals, but it’s also important to celebrate what you’ve already achieved. And with that thought, I’d like to leave you with an excerpt from Love at First Sniff, the book that started me off on this fabulous sprint. I hope you enjoy it!
What do you get when you fall in love with a hot werewolf? Well, it ain’t all steak dinners and playing fetch…
Love at First Sniff
After limping three blocks in her heels, Rosie gave up and took them off. The sidewalk was disgusting, but at least she wouldn’t be wounded for the next few days, unless she stepped on glass.
God, what a fool! First, he stalked her. Then he ran out on her right after sex. That should’ve set her libido on caution. Then they run into the other woman – or was she the other woman? – and she still didn’t get a clue. Probably if he’d walked into the club that first night with a big red stamp on his forehead saying player she still would’ve fallen for him. Obviously she was a sucker for whatever that stupid cologne was. And she didn’t even check out his medicine cabinet to find out the name of her Kryptonite. Maybe she should wear nose plugs in public for her own protection.
Rosie tried walking on the grass for a bit, but the wet leaves felt slimy, like walking on slugs. Yuck! What next? Was she going to get set upon by a wild pack of dingoes? Not that she knew what they were, but it seemed whatever came next would be equally bizarre and annoying.
What a stupid day. From just being dumped she’d quickly progressed to a woman about to be dumped because her one night stand had gotten his previous girlfriend pregnant and was about to be forced into a shotgun wedding. Wow.
At least she wasn’t crying. She was still too damn mad at herself. And maybe in shock. Listening to Lucas and the other guy arguing had ripped right through her. But then as they continued, she found her brain latching on to the absurdity of it all. There she was being so virtuous while Eva slept her way through the phone book – including the yellow pages – then in one fell swoop she manages to eclipse her friend in sleaziness. Well go big, or go home. Rosie limped up the steps to her apartment and amended the statement. Go big, then go home.
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Living in New York and Toronto, Nora Snowdon was a jerk of all trades—one week hawking toys at major toy conventions, the next in a high end jewelry store pandering to the rich. She worked in the financial market, environmental protection biz, gambling dens, food service industry and sold shoes. During these years she also either appeared in or directed over twenty five plays.
Then Nora moved to the wet coast, took up health foods (dark chocolate and red wine) and became a Writer of Elegant Smut. Her ambition is to become a crazy cat lady and wine hoarder, not necessarily in that order.
You can read more about Nora at www.norasnowdon.com and/or follow her on twitter @norasnowdon and facebook.