Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Question of the Month: The Blessing Edition

This month we asked the Superromance authors to share one of their blessings from the past year with our readers.

Anna Sugden: 2013 has been full of blessings for me, with the launch of my first book, a contract for three more, a  fabulous 50th birthday trip to Antigua (including a surprise visit from very dear friends!) and our first grandson! In all of that, I’ve been doubly blessed with the love, support and laughs of my wonderful husband, family and friends. I just hope I haven’t used up all my good things in one year!

Tara Taylor Quinn: My biggest blessing, other than health and loved ones, is my ability to write books.  Whenever I am down, I think about my writing and I am appreciative and grateful.  I get to spend my days doing something I love.  I hear from readers whose lives have been blessed in some way by something I’ve written, and I get to work through my own angsts when I experience them with my characters.  Writing (and reading) is much better than therapy!

Vicki Essex: 2013 was a year of ups and downs, but I'm wholly grateful that this year, I signed with an agent who helped me get a contract to write three more books with Harlequin Superromance! I hope 2014 will be just as fruitful!

Pamela Hearon:   Being a RITA finalist was a wonderful blessing in my life this year. I don't live in an area with an RWA chapter, so I'm always on my own at conferences--a bit difficult for an introvert like me. Being a RITA finalist was not only a thrill, but it gave me an opening to meet and talk with lots of people. I came away feeling very blessed by the experience and all the new friends I made.

Jennifer Lohmann:  I'm incredibly thankful for the caring and compassionate people who surround me. I'm not certain I ever fully realized how fortunate I was until this year.

Laura DrakeI'm most thankful for my readers. I began writing to reach out to people who are going through hard times - to remind them that there ARE still happy endings in life. I received the best kind of review the other day: "I wasn't sure I'd really want to read this story but I was intrigued. Having dealt with the aftermath of losing a child and fighting like hell for my marriage, I could identify with this storyline and was drawn to this book. This was an incredibly touching story, and very healing, too. " YOU are why I do this. I'm so thankful for your constant reading, and your support.

Claire McEwen: I am very thankful for the faith that the editors at Superromance have in me.  Their willingness to accept three books from a brand new author feels like a miracle!  This year has taught me to believe in myself and trust that sometimes dreams really do come true.

Liz Talley: One of the biggest blessings I have in this business is the terrific support network I have. Whether it's my terrific editor (and the whole team at HQ) or my fellow writers who shake their pompons or give me a swift kick in the pants or the readers who consistently buy my books and recommend me to their friends, I'm surrounded by the most wonderful people who want my stories to soar. That's an incredibly powerful thing. 

Joan Kilby: As an ex-pat living in Australia most of my family is overseas. This year I've been blessed with the trip of a lifetime to Europe to see my daughter who is studying in Norway with a stop off in Canada to visit my father and my sisters and brother. Even though I won't get to spend Christmas with them I can look back on recent, wonderful memories. And then there's Skype. Thank goodness for Skype. :) Closer to home, I'm grateful for my loving husband and two fantastic sons.

Mary Sullivan: I'm grateful for my caring, generous family who are always ready and willing to step up and help out any sibling who needs anything, at the drop of a hat. I'm grateful for my loving daughter who brightens my life with her intelligence and spirit. I'm grateful for the blessing of good health.

Kris Fletcher:  My blessings are too many to count or to choose just one. And that, I think, is the greatest blessing of all. 

And now, dear readers, please join in the fun and share one of your blessing with us!

6 comments:

penney said...

Thank you all and we all love your books! Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy writing New Year!
Penney

Mary Preston said...

I actually think I live a blessed life. I have all the creature comforts I could possibly need and a family to love & be loved by in return.

Jennifer Lohmann said...

Mary, that's such a nice sentiment.

Penny, we're so glad you love our books! Here's to many, many more!

Jennifer

Liz Talley said...

Thank you, Penney :)

And Mary, counting each blessing is...a blessing in itself. Happy Holidays!

Kaelee said...

2013 wasn't a good year for me. Lot's of problems in my sister's life. However my husband has again proved to be a blessing. His support has been so wonderful to have. I'm really hoping that I can return the support next year when it looks like things will get nasty on his side of our family .

I can also count a new great niece as a blessing for babies are always a blessing.

Thanks to a lot of authors. reading has always been my escape route for a bit. It gives me strength to carry on.

kris said...

Kaelee, hold tight to those blessings, and here's hoping 2014 will be a smoother road for you.

I think I speak for all of us when I say that it is a privilege to know that our stories help give you the respite and hope that we all need.

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