The Sigh Heard Round the World

Creative Writer Award THERE ARE RULES? YEP, SURE AS SH*T:

(Skip to the bottom if you want to read the truth/lies.)

1. Thank the person who gave this to you. 2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog. 3. Link to the person who nominated you. 4. Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth. 5. Nominate seven three one “Creative Writer” who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies. 6. Post links to the seven three one blog you nominate. 7. Leave a comment on the blog letting them know you nominated them.

I'm a pretty straight-forward, call it like I see it kinda woman. The honest truth is that when LK Gardner-Griffie bestowed this rather dubious award upon me, I went into it kicking and screaming. (There was even some rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth.) So, thank you, LK; I'll get you and your little dog(s) too!

Please don't misunderstand me. I appreciate being noticed for my work and I understand the value and importance of networking and building a following, but I'd rather spend my limited time writing, being with family and friends, writing, reading, working, writing, helping other writers, writing, etc. (You get the picture.)

There's another issue, too. I want this blog to be a place where followers can find information about publishing in general, and research and my writing process specifically. I'm pretty sure doing blog awards doesn't fit the mold.

So consider this my one and only award. Please, if you think I'm doing a good job with my blog and/or my writing, post a comment to that effect. If you think I suck, feel free to throw that out there for the world to see, too. (I can take it; I have a small child, nothing you can do or say can touch her powers.)

As you can see, I've already bent the rules to my will.

Truth: I came to writing late in life at 39 years old. (I tried off and on for years, but have little to show for those efforts.)

Truth: My mother, Judith Ross Enderle, is a successful children's author.

Truth: I may joke and tease, but I take my writing very seriously and want to produce only the best possible work for my readers.

Truth: The first piece I ever sold was erotica.

Truth: When I stopped fretting about other people's opinions of my writing and began producing what I wanted to read, I found my voice and my way.

Truth: Sometimes my writing scares me, but I never allow my fears to hold back my story or characters.

Lie: I have a multi-book, six-figure contract, a film deal with a major studio, and a team of high-powered agents, managers, and P.R. representatives handling my career. (They love me.)