2013…the year that changed my life
I started 2013 the same way I have every year…wondering if 2013 would be the year I finally became a published author. I was around 25 when I had the great epiphany that I wanted to be an author when I grew up. For the next few years I wrote and submitted… and got nowhere.
I ended up putting the writing dream aside to go back to school to study advertising copywriting. I worked for several years and at some point I started writing again. That’s when I had another “great epiphany”. One afternoon I was sitting at my computer, working on an outline for a new book, and I stopped. I realized I’d been doing this for 10 years and the urge to write hadn’t gone away. I knew it had to mean something. I knew I had to try again. I joined Romance Writers of America and my local chapter, Florida Romance Writers. I discovered that I knew nothing about writing. I started to learn, though.
I completed my first book, a contemporary inspirational romance originally called “Here Comes The Wedding Planner”. Then I rewrote it, taking it from a first person POV book to third person. It finaled in the RWA’s Golden Heart Contest in 2010. My agent sent it out to publishers…and it didn’t sell.
The book sat in my computer until this year when I decided to try again. In the ensuing years the entire publishing industry had undergone a seismic shift. The rise of ebook publishers & self-publishing had changed everything. Then in April I pitched the book to two editors on the Savvy Authors website. I got two requests for full manuscripts…and two offers!!! Yes, that’s right…TWO!!! I accepted the offer from Astraea Press for the book, which I renamed MARRY ME, the first in the Covington Falls Chronicles. MARRY ME released on October 24th.
In October, I also sold two more books in the series. ACTING UP and IMAGINE THAT will release in 2014.
2013…the year I was finally able to call myself a published author.
A Covington Falls Chronicle
Marry Me is a contemporary inspirational romance set in the fictional, Southern town of Covington Falls.
Julia Richardson is no fan of weddings. A lifetime of watching her parents treat relationships like the flavor of the month has taught her that love is for fools. Then a crisis has Julia returning to the small Southern town she’s been avoiding for years. Before she knows it, Julia’s been pressed into service running her stepsister’s wedding planning business. Julia doesn’t know a garter from a garden hose, but now she must navigate couples along the bumpy path down the aisle. In the midst of it all, Julia makes the most unexpected discovery of all…love, with widowed minister, Seth Graham. Julia’s been running from love and everything spiritual for most of her life. It’s not until she finds the courage to stop running and learns to believe in the power of love, faith and family that she finds her own “I Do” moment.
Marry Me is available as an ebook and in print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AstraeaPress.com
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About Kristin Wallace
Growing up Kristin devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate. Her first Golden Book led to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later, she discovered romance novels and fell in love all over again. It’s no surprise then that Kristin would one day try her hand at writing them. She writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with love, laughter and a leap of faith. When she’s not writing her next novel, Kristin works as an advertising copywriter for clients that have included the Miami Marlins, Discovery Networks, The Peabody Hotel, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and Sea World. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and worship team and playing flute in a community orchestra. Kristin is a member of Florida Romance Writers where she has served as chapter president.
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