1. Don’t watch the clock – or wear a watch.
When I retired from my day job, I stopped wearing a watch.
Yeah, I know, none of you twenty-somethings out there wear one either, except as a fashion statement. Your smart phone does almost everything you need.
But for me, losing the watch symbolized freedom. No more nine to five workdays, bad bosses or commuting headaches. I write when the Muse strikes, whether it’s an hour a day or fifteen hours a day. My commute is twenty steps down the hall. I see hummingbirds and flowers outside my window. The only worker bees are the kind the buzz. And the only bad boss in sight is me – or maybe my husband if I’m in the zone and he finds out he has to make dinner.
2. My creative side runs wild
In college, I studied languages. During my day-job years, I earned a degree in computer science, worked in technology, management, even (gasp!) budget. All pretty left-brain stuff. But growing up, I was a bookworm and a writer. So getting back to my creative, right-brained side has been a relief. Of course, left-brain comes in handy to keep my manuscript organized and on track when I’m plotting. But my creative side now rules my life – and I like it!
3. Living in a world of my own making
I was the kid in elementary school whose teacher sent notes warning my parents that I spent too much time staring out the classroom window. (I still got A’s.) I’ve always had an active imagination. Now I get to use it, live in it, and work in it. Creating fanciful worlds with talented, feisty, heroines and blazing hot heroes is fun!
4. Opportunity is knocking
What a great time to be an author! Gone are the days when a handful of publishing houses controlled who published, what got published, how authors got paid, what books cost, and where they got distributed. All of that is still available and still attractive to some. Thanks to the digital revolution in publishing, there are more small presses, e-pub-only houses, and of course, authors can now self-pub and make great money at it without the stigma of self-pub being the method of last resort. Authors with long careers in traditional publishing are branching out by self-pubbing while signing contracts for other books with traditional houses. You can have your cake and eat it, too, frosting and all! With ice cream, anyone?
Every author says this, but my fans are the greatest! I’ll never get tired of hearing someone say that they love my book and can’t wait for the next one. Their comments on my blog, Facebook page, tweets, and emails let me know that they’re out there and they like what I’m doing. Writing is a solitary profession. On the days when I’m feeling lazy or rushed, my fans remind me that I have an obligation to write the best possible story, so that they can enjoy my heroes and heroines the way I do. What a great job!
We have an exclusive sneak peek at Willa’s upcoming release, Highland Seer:
Donal MacNabb is loyal to his adopted Lathan clan, yet he resents being a pawn in their treaty negotiations with the struggling MacKyries. The MacKyrie clan needs his skills as an arms master, but its Laird is bartering for more than Donal is prepared to give.
Ellie MacKyrie knows the Lathan treaty will help protect her clan from the neighbor determined to seize her holdings any way he can–
including forcing her into marriage. But she has another reason to want the Lathan alliance. She has Seen the stubborn Donal MacNabb reaching for her in her dreams.
While Donal fights to save a clan in trouble, his desire for the MacKyrie Seer wars with his obligation to his Laird. Before she is forced into a marriage that will destroy her clan, Ellie must find the heart behind Donal’s gruff exterior and convince him he is the man of her dreams.
Willa Blair is the best-selling and award-winning author of Highland Healer, her debut novel, the first in a series set in the 16th century Highlands, when the old ways, and old talents, still shaped events.
She always wished she had several psi talents, such as reading her husband’s mind, cleaning house by simply thinking about it, and flying. But alas, no. So she endows her characters with special talents and lives vicariously through them. She loves reading and writing romance novels set in the past, present and future.
She realized her life-long dream of becoming a published author after retiring from her day job to write, travel, and enjoy life. Married to her own military hero golf fanatic, she lives in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio, where she writes, feeds hummingbirds year-round and has too many hobbies to count.
Her debut book, Highland Healer, is an Amazon bestseller. The next book in her Highland Talents series, Highland Seer, is due out later this year from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and other retailers.