A Day in the Life of a Romance Writer

RomanceWeeklyThis week Xio Axelrod wants to know a day in the life of the Romance Writers’ Weekly authors. I certainly hope Carrie Elks in Great Britain has given you a thrilling scenario of her day in the life before you reached me.

I live in a suburban, east coast city rated in the top five of most boring in the US. Yeah.  I have a Monday through Friday day job in bookkeeping/clerical duties that borders on librarian for excitement.  To say I live vicariously through my characters is an understatement. I can’t deny that I’d love to be able to write full time, but work pays the bills.

broncosaurus2So, each day, I hop in my 1996 Ford Bronco and head for work. I’ve been offered the keys to a Porsche in trade. The guy probably wasn’t totally serious, but it was an offer all the same. Okay, so I was a little adventurous back in the day. My beloved steed is actually a character in my soon to be published novel, Hot as Blazes.

Back to my exciting day…lunch is usually for errands, research for writing, and sometimes a mind-clearing walk. After the day job, I return home to our simple ranch style house which is older than my truck by a couple of decades. Wish I could win one of those home makeovers. Any of you DIY shows out there want to showcase a struggling author???

Back on topic. If my son isn’t working or at a college night class, he andDog the mini black lab, who now claims baby status, greet me. I usually write, catch up on social media, or update my blog for an hour or so. Once hubs is done watching the news, one of us will play chef for the night. If it’s my turn to cook, it’ll be simple fare then back to writing the current work in process.

There’s not much time to watch TV during the week. I usually record my favorite shows for the weekend which includes Chicago Fire, Sleepy Hollow, Banshee and Hell on Wheels.  Gonna miss, True Blood and Sons of Anarchy who’s MC (motorcycle club) was a seed for my story about bad boy, Shane, in my novella, White Doe.

Life in suburbia is pretty mundane, but I try to kick it up a notch with my characters. That’s not to say there isn’t interesting and exciting moments. The edits on Hot as Blaze was like being on a six-week internal roller coaster ride. I have a wonderful editor but, “whew” am I ready from some languid writing days ahead. In fact, I just wrote about 500 words last night on my new novel about a former military K9 handler, suffering from post-traumatic stress, who falls for a dog trainer helping search for his dog.

Now on to Carolyn Spear’s day in the life!






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