In honor of L.G. Keltner's Beginnings Blogfest, (check out her awesome blog Writing Off the Edge: http://lgkeltner.blogspot.com) My beginning is the story of how I left the corporate mix master, set up my home office and started writing full time:
I had a pretty damned good job...at least it paid well. I earned it too, got an MBA, fought my way up the ladder by working 14 hour days and proving myself capable of doing anything my arrogant male counterparts could do. After nine hours of interviews I landed my "dream job" (yeah right) as a plant manager in the plastics industry, a job in the exclusive men's club.
To make an 11 year journey short, after battling unions, leading a plant to the top in EVERY metric known to man, taking another plant from a $6MM loss to a $6MM profit in one year, I was lumbered with a bad decision. The company I worked for purchased another factory that was making a loss and dumped it in my lap. I had six months to close it down and bring the business into my plant...and start making a profit on sales negotiated with a losing margin. By the end of the six months, we had turned the corner and were making ground, though my margins had not made the miraculous leap that the company had hoped for. All of the sudden this golden girl started getting her ass kicked...for a bad decision from corporate. DON'T MESS WITH ME, YOU SONS OF BITCHES!
During this horrible time in my life, wondering if I was going to get fired, my (3rd MS) first book, Koicto, got published. I'd also lived frugally for years and built up my savings. I got another book contract (Chihuahua Momma, which comes out July 28th). About a year ago, my husband and I put our heads together and decided we'd take a chance and become a one-income family while I took the big leap and write full time.
In 2012, I wrote four 90K word romances, one of which is now under contract, two historical romances (part of a series) are under consideration and the other I have just started marketing. I've got a WIP on my desk, and outlines for two more historical romances, and I'm going to Scotland this May for research.
I have to tell you. It's been a year, and I've yet to make any money. I couldn't have done this when I was younger, but now I have a husband who supports my efforts fully. I'm still working 14 hour days, but I'm doing something I love.
My advice to you? Find what you love to do and then find a way to make it happen.
~Write on friends!