Instead of sharing the first time I received the call, I decided to share the second time because it will give you a sense of why my decision to keep moving forward despite the rejections helped me to hone my craft along the way. Before I do, you need to know that my Purcell ancestors’ motto is Aut Vincam, Aut Periam: I will either conquer or perish.
Two months before my first book was published my editor left, and I was orphaned. Sad but true and not uncommon in this business, unfortunately for me the new editor turned down my next book and another trilogy.
Devastated, but undaunted, I kept writing, submitting, receiving rejections and attending conferences and writers' meetings..because the more one writes the better one's writing becomes (IMHO). Thank goodness my characters kept me busy writing while my family kept me sane. I have always believed that because there are hundreds of fabulous writers out there, my book needed to land on the right editor's desk at the right time when the planets were perfectly aligned in space. Exactly six years after I sold my first book—I sold five more!
Since then, I’ve been writing and publishing in the library and small press market and thoroughly enjoying the challenges and successes along the way. But a few years ago, my career branched off in a new direction after meeting Deb Werksman at a writers conference. That meeting led to Deb offering a contract for my series: The Secret Life of Cowboys. TYLER—my 10th book and first mass market paperback, released in March and book two, DYLAN, will be released in January 2012.
I’m finishing up JESSE, the third book in the series before I move in a slightly different direction: Small Town USA and my new series—WELCOME TO PURITY! If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I work hard at my craft and love being able to share my stories with readers. I’ve been in this business for over fifteen years—longer than some, a newbie to others, but I am very lucky that I have had the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of editors in my journey as a romance author.
This is just the beginning of the next phase of my writing career, and I am delighted to have found a home with Sourcebooks. I love working Deb and her fabulous team. I have plans and goals that I will work hard to achieve with the help and guidance of my fabulous agent, Eric Ruben. Managing my career and decisions are no longer so daunting, now that I have his expertise and professionalism to rely on.
Other writers will have different stories, but I'll keep my rocky road, picturing Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken as I move forward. It seems to fit so perfectly. Besides, if it was easy, it wouldn't be my career or life we were talking about! After all—Aut Vincam Aut Periam!