I started writing dark, angsty viking romances for Leisure Books with the fabulous Leah Hultenschmidt as my editor. I wrote three books as Diana Groe, then asked Leah if it was ok for me to try adding a bit of humor to the 2nd book in a two book contract. She gave me the green light, but when I turned in my manuscript, she said it was so different from my previous stories, I was likely to give my readers whiplash.
Emily Bryan was born. Under this light-hearted alter-ego, I wrote 5 stories. Things were rolling along. My work was winning awards and was translated into 7 different languages.
But change is the one constant in publishing and another came my way when my agent sold a proposal of mine to Kensington. My new editor, the lovely and talented Alicia Condon, loved the premise of my Touch of Seduction series, but since these new stories had a touch of paranormal in them, she asked that I take a new pen name.
I became Mia Marlowe. Trust me, I'm a firm believer that the third time's the charm. When I go to a signing, I'm always afraid of having a "Whoopie Goldberg Moment" (Remember in Ghost when she had to admit "I signed the wrong name!")
Now I'm balancing between paranormal and historical in my adventurous sexy stories and loving the freedom it gives my storylines. But wait! My multliple call story isn't quite done.
I'm also part of a collaboration with NY Times Bestseller Connie Mason! We're bringing you two new books in 2012. Things have come full circle for me and I'm working with Leah Hultenschmidt again on Sins of the Highlander (Jan 2012) and (would you believe it?) another viking romance called Lord of Fire and Ice (August 2012). I'm so excited about this opportunity to write with a romance legend like Connie Mason. We've had a wonderful time with our alpha heroes and their sexy exploits.
So the point of this post is that calls to new opportunities and adventures come to us all multiple times. I'm so thankful for each one of mine. I'd love to hear about when a chance to do something new came to YOU! Won't you tell me YOUR Call story?