Today I have invited Virginia
Taylor to tell us about her writing journey.
I started writing historical stories way back when heroines were called Randy and Brandy and heroes were called Lance and Chet. The heroines never wore hats and gloves and the heroes expected to spank them whenever they wanted a little romp. I thought that was very strange, but sex in books was interesting. However, I wasn't about to write anything of the kind.
Being an admirer of Georgette Heyer, I liked heroines to wear hats and gloves and heroes to have names that suited their times. I wrote an Adelaide-set historical minus a conflict (and a spanking.) From my fledgling romance reading, I thought a
conflict was a reason for the hero and heroine to argue before they got married in the end. Naturally, the story was swiftly rejected, but I was asked to write a contemporary medical romance (because in my query letter I said I was an ex-nurse/midwife.)
I wrote two medical stories since they were only 50,000 words. I could write one in two weeks: ten chapters of 5,000 words per day and four days for the second draft. Hmm. Both
were rejected with a letter of reprimand. Clearly I wasn't taking this writing gig seriously. I was. But I didn't want to dance to anyone else's tune. Story of my life.
Anyway, I got an agent in the US and he couldn't sell anything of my books either, because I was still setting everything in Adelaide. Disheartened, I took a ten year break and a few years ago, started trying again by entering Romance Writers of America competitions. I did very well but without an agent, I couldn't make myself submit to a publisher.
Then, one day I heard that Random House was interested in
short romances set in Australia. Way back after my spate of English rejections, I wrote the sort of medical I would like to read, one that didn't follow the rules of that time. No one ever saw it until I submitted it to Random Romance, who made me an offer of epublication.
Thanks very much for sharing your story of success, Victoria. And readers, keep an eye out for her next book, also from Random Romance. Losing Patients is a longer story set in an Adelaide hospital. It promises romance, comedy and a little mystery.
About the book
Dr No Commitment is a mischievous romantic comedy, about a man who's always run from love and the girl who just might catch him.
Ally was warned about Rohan Sinclair when she first moved to town - and she is determined she won't let this gorgeous, model-dating doctor distract her from being the best nurse she can be. Problem is, this bad boy just happens to live in the room next door…
It's hard enough to resist his persistent charm at home; almost impossible when they are thrown together at work. But a little innocent flirting never hurt anyone, right? Wrong.
Ally knows it's a terrible idea to fall for a man who will never commit, but what if in every other way he's her perfect guy.