Today I’m happy to introduce Davalynn to you…
Davalynn Spencer writes heart-tugging, Western romance set along the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. She is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and a recipient of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. A former journalist and crime-beat reporter, Davalynn lives in Colorado where she caters to Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect with her via her website at www.davalynnspencer.com.
Not every bit of writing advice is what you want to hear—or what you should follow.
Nine years ago, I thought I could write anything because I did so on a daily basis. As a reporter for my local newspaper, I covered courts, crime, and school board meetings, 4-H fairs, chili cook-offs, and fatal auto accidents. Whatever was out there I covered—like a shotgun.
And then I followed a dream trail that took me to my first fiction writers’ conference.
“What do you write,” asked the well-known, over-worked author who had agreed to meet with newbies one-on-one.
In other words, what kind of fiction did I write? I had no idea.
Contemporary or historical? Romance, suspense, or a combo? Christian, general market, children’s board books or middle-grade stories? Thrillers, cozy mysteries, horror, sci-fi, or fantasy?
Blinking in the glare of the author’s highly successful spotlight, I handed over a children’s story about a hen that crowed (because we actually had a hen that crowed). I didn’t mention the other two partial manuscripts I’d brought—a 30-day devotional book for women and a contemporary romantic-suspense about a gal in a beach-side bungalow who thought she was being stalked.
The weary author thumbed through the hen story, handed it back with pity-eye, and said, “It’s a little late. You should have started this years ago,” or something to that effect.
I said thank you and took my thick-skinned reporter’s attitude to the next workshop on the conference agenda.
That was nine published books ago.
Thank God I didn’t let that 15-minute interview squelch my dream. And thank God I learned how to focus my writing efforts.
I do so much better at hitting the target when I aim at it.
The complete collection under one cover: A preacher, a rancher, and a Colorado Ranger find and fight for the courageous women who make life in the Old West worth the struggle.
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