by Lisa Mondello
One of the struggles of being an author is that you’re never truly home from your job. Luckily, I love mine. So it’s easy for me to spend a full day, and many times overtime, working. That means that when I’m doing the dishes, I’m usually also staring out the window plotting the next scene in my book. And I have been known to stop folding clothes or scrubbing the bathroom midway through the project when inspiration hits me. (If I ever get a housekeeper, I’m going to have to find a new way to plot my stories!)
But there are other struggles that are actually common to a lot of people who work from home. Writing is solitary. So you don’t have a water cooler or break room a few yards from your desk to chat with someone to break up the workday. Authors spend a lot of time alone in their heads and with imaginary people. It’s a lot of fun mind you. But it gets lonely too. I’ve been known to chat with my mail carrier, Karen, for a fifteen minutes to a half hour when she delivers a package. And if the UPS driver drops something off, I’ll make lots of small talk, too. It sounds pathetic because it is. But that’s just the nature of writing.
The reward is that I get great fan mail from readers when they read one of my stories. I love hearing from readers. I’m always amazed when someone tells me they don’t want to bother me. They’re not. I love getting those letters. It breaks up the loneliness and let’s me know that I’m not just spinning tales in my office that no one will ever read. If you’ve read one of my books, just send me an email!
Another struggle is the not-so-fun stuff authors have to do. Marketing is second nature to some people. Social media too. For others it’s a struggle to get out on social media and send something chatty out into the universe in the hopes someone will think it’s worthwhile. I confess, I struggle with that. Lots of writers are introverts. While I don’t think of myself that way because I can chat up a storm in a face to face conversation, I do find social media a challenge for me.
But I love my job. I love spinning stories and I love hearing from readers. That alone make any struggle in marketing worthwhile.
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Lisa's Newest Contemporary Romantic Suspense: Safe Haven
Finding out her ex-husband hired a hitman to kill her didn't leave Daria Carlisle all warm and fuzzy. But Detective Kevin Gordon's suggestion she flee the only home that had ever truly been hers was downright crazy. Forget that the sexy police officer made her heart pound and her blood stir. She'd worked too hard to get what little she had. She wasn't leaving.
Kevin Gordon didn't make mistakes, but he'd made a big one in letting Daria's ex slip through his fingers. Although he tried to make it very clear to Daria that the fixer upper home she considered a palace was no safe haven, she just dug in deeper and insisted on staying, leaving him no choice but to be her protector. Left on her own, she surely faced murder at an assassin's hand. But can Kevin spend every waking hour sleeping on her doorstep just to keep this stubborn woman alive without risking his heart to love?
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