DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE by Rebecca Heflin
My third novel, Dreams of Perfection launched last week! Squeee! Three years ago, if you had told me I would be an award-winning multi-published author, I would have laughed in your face.
My wild ride into the romance writer’s world began in late 2011 when Soul Mate Publishing emailed me to say they loved my first novel, The Promise of Change, and wanted to publish it! Well, actually it began about two years before that, when I finally sat down to write. As my bio says, I’ve always dreamed of writing, but I guess I never had the courage to do it. It took a mid-life crisis of sorts to push me out of my comfort zone and into that chair.
That first book flew from my fingers. I immersed myself in my story. Conversations between my hero and heroine invaded my head. Scenes flashed through my mind like video clips. Someone said something in a meeting for my day job that triggered an idea – not for the work issue at hand, but for my story. Typing the words “The End” on my 69,000 word manuscript was heady indeed. I’d done it! I’d finished a book. Many people might start a book, but of those, not many finish one.
Little did I know, I had a lot to learn about the craft of romance writing. This became all too clear when I received the judges’ comments from the first contest I entered. The judges were kind in their critiques as they pointed out my newbie blunders, my information dumps, my passive voice, my lack of a goal, motivation, and conflict. Did I give up? No. I sat right back down and revamped that manuscript, taking their comments to heart.
I eventually added some 30,000 words to the story, changing it from contemporary romance to women’s fiction with romantic elements. That overhauled manuscript finaled in some contests and sold to Soul Mate Publishing. From first word to first publication took two years.
Next came Rescuing Lacey, my multi-award-winning contemporary romance novel set in the steamy rain forests of Costa Rica. I took everything I learned from writing The Promise of Change and applied it to Luke and Lacey’s story. And it paid off – big.
Now, here I am, riding the thrill of publishing my third novel, Dreams of Perfection, Book #1 in the Dreams Come True series. Aptly named I think.
So, if you’re a reader who’s always dreamed of writing and publishing , I say – go for it! You never know until you try. And if you’re a devoted reader of romance novels, thank you. Because without your love of this genre, my dreams would not have come true.
Rebecca has dreamed of writing since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck her a copy of Kathleen Woodiniss’ Shanna.
When not writing, she’s a practicing attorney and lives with her husband in sunny Florida. To learn more about Rebecca, or her books , catch her at any of these popular Internet stops.