Fast forward four years. I now have ten publishers on three continents. I’ve won what is arguably the highest award in romance. Most crucially, I support my family as a novelist. In romance I’m earning a living as an author.
How did that happen? The moment I stopped trying to write as the wisest, cleverest girl in the room, I began writing novels that critics call clever and wise. I stopped drinking the mainstream Kool-Aid and wrote straight from the gut. And readers responded.
I’m here to tell you that you can have a brain and still enjoy books with kissing in them. You can also have an economics degree from Yale and write romance novels. You can build a career on entertaining smart women and men with uplifting storytelling.
You can include a set of washboard abs on the cover or not. It’s your choice. And you’re a real novelist either way.
I couldn’t be more in love with this article! Yes! You can write anything you want AND make money doing it. You can write really fantastic characters and have critical acclaim. You can have it ALL. Just stop “trying” and write YOU!! As Bowen says in the article, write from the gut and readers will respond!