I grew up reading all kinds of books, but the ones that made the biggest impact on me had a little (or a lot!) of romance. The gothic suspense novels of Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart gave way to more traditional Harlequin romances in middle school and finally the big historical bodice rippers of the late 80s, early 90s in high school.
Fast forward twenty years…The youngest of my two children started half-day preschool and suddenly I had time on my hands. I wasn’t ready to go back to work full-time in my field (chemical engineering), so I decided to try my hand at writing. I didn’t tell *anyone*, not even my husband, what I was doing. I came up with the main characters and (sort of) a plot. For three hours a morning, I wrote. After two weeks, I had a third of a book written and I was still going strong. In fact, I had come up with the idea for another book and started writing them simultaneously. I finally told my husband what I was doing since it was obvious I hadn’t been cleaning the house! My plan was to eventually self-publish the books.
After three months, I had two completed manuscripts. Those two manuscripts ended up being An Indecent Invitation and A Brazen Bargain, Books 1 and 2 of the Spies and Lovers Series. Of course, they weren’t great—yet. I revised and rewrote them for over a year. I took on-line writing classes and read how-to writing books. I joined the Romance Writers of America and started entering writing contests.
From one of the contests, I connected with the final judge, who is a top-notch literary agent with a weakness for historical romance. She requested the full manuscript for the first book. A couple of months later, I got…a rejection. But, a nice rejection. So I offered her up the second book, A Brazen Bargain. She read it and wanted to talk on the phone. I was SO nervous, I might have had a couple of glasses of wine before the callJ She offered to represent me, and I realized then that my dreams of being published had gotten a huge boost.
It took around nine months to sell the two books. While they were on submission, I wrote another book, a Southern small town contemporary (Slow and Steady Rush) that sold in six weeks and was actually published before my first historical romance manuscripts. I went from being an avid reader to a published author in three crazy years. It’s been fun and stressful and filled with hard work, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else!
An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.
She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she’s shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as large as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.
Her latest book is the Regency historical romance, A Brazen Bargain.
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