Hello, everyone! My name is Cathryn Parry, and I'm a new Harlequin Superromance author. My first book, Something to Prove, is out this month. I'm very much looking forward to seeing it on the shelves at my local Walmart and Barnes & Noble stores. To say that this will be a dream come true is an understatement.
Let me back up. Several weeks ago, a friend met me and asked why I was grinning from ear to ear. (Answer: My author copies had arrived in the mail. Isn't the cover art beautiful?)
When I told my friend the news, she reminded me that the year she'd met me, here in my small town in central Massachusetts, was the year that I’d first started submitting my stories to publishers. This was (Gulp!) more years ago than I care to admit--I have selective amnesia when asked how long it took me to get published--because the important thing to me is not the amount of time (or even the number of stories) that it took, but the fact that I didn't give up. I couldn’t give up, because I love writing romance.
It is not that I’ve never given up before: on diets, on exercise programs, on difficult jobs. Many times I’ve tossed in the towel, admitted defeat, and sometimes even thought terribly of myself for doing so. But maybe I shouldn’t have.
I’ve grown through many changes during my journey to becoming a Superromance author—lessons about having faith and believing in myself, mainly. I think that the difference in reaching this goal, versus not reaching it, is that it was truly important to me, heart and soul. There is power in story, and love is the most important quality of all.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine, a Mary Kay sales manager, asked me to talk with her team about my experiences. After meeting them, I was amazed that we had so much in common. I guess it really is all about finding something you truly want to do. For me it’s to be a writer. For them it’s helping people look and be their best by selling a product they believe in. Perseverance, not in anything, but in something you love.
Thanks for reading. Do you have any thoughts about perseverance? Please leave a comment to be entered for the drawing to win a copy of Something to Prove.