Today’s Blog Post is brought to you from the desk of Erin Howard. Erin, thank you for being here today and for taking the time to share with us. Side note: Congrats on your degree! I have a little over a year left before I can claim mine.
A Day in the Life of an Author and Busy Mom
Three years ago, I owned and operated a retail store. We sold handcrafted items from local area artisans. I had an office area, which meant that I create and sell my own items and have a space to write. However, life has a way to change unexpectedly, and my youngest son was diagnosed with Leukemia. I had to close my store. Now two years later, we travel all the time for his cancer treatment and just this school year, we decided it would be better to homeschool my youngest two kiddos. Needless to say, sometimes it’s hard to find writing time.
My road to publication was vastly different than I ever imagined it would be. The way I envisioned it was having designated writing time where I’m never interrupted, my own private office, and the usual querying and piles of rejections letters. Instead, my publisher walked into my retail store one day, and we started talking about writing. She invited me to a writer’s group and a conference and the next thing I knew, she sent me a contract. Now, my second book is coming out next month.
Instead of writing without being interrupted, I was writing in hospital rooms, waiting rooms, the cafeteria, and the car. Instead of a private office, I have a desk in the corner of my living room where I fight for turns with my five-year-old who just wants to play Roblox.
Life requires you to be able to change and grow, and writing does as well. If anything, I’ve learned there’s not always going to be the perfect time to write. Sometimes I write at different times each day. I may have to use my laptop at the kitchen table, or the computer in the living room. Sometimes, I write in the car. It means discipline, to try to get something writing related in each day, and sometimes I fail, and that’s okay too.
Whether you are a writer or not, find something that you love to do and keep going. You may have to adjust your course as life happens around you, and that’s good. It means you’re learning and stretching.
Upcoming Release: The Soul Searcher (The Kalila Chronicles, #2)
Release Date: 2/19/19
Back cover blurb:
Elnora’s parents gave her one rule:
Stay hidden away at all costs.
Elnora Scott is used to her survival depending on the decisions of others. Locked away in her safe house, it is easy to follow her parents’ dying wishes until an angel, demon, and seer show up on her doorstep. Now, waking up in a dirty cell, she wishes she would have gone with them when she had the chance, because the very ones who unknowingly ushered the kidnapper to her location may be the only ones who can save her.
When Thea learns that Elnora may be in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to go find her. Thea thought stepping through the portal would be her greatest obstacle, but it only reveals a more sinister threat.
Erin R. Howard is a developmental editor, fantasy author of The Kalila Chronicles, and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. When she’s not writing, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, fueling her craft addictions, and teaching writing workshops. Erin is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the KenTen Writers Group. She resides in Western Kentucky with her husband and three children.
Purchase/Pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Searcher-Kalila-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B07MLXTYJT