There’s no expiration date on dreams!

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Reading a Good Book

 

 

From the time I first learned to read, books have been my passion. Reading them, writing them, talking about them. Anytime you want to share your feelings with me about a book, I’m so there with you.

Before I leaned to read, my mother would weave a spell each night as she read to us kids from a big red-leather book filled with children’s stories. I’d give almost anything to still have that magical red book. Although I no longer remember the stories, I once had them memorized. They would take me places, teach me things, and I think that was when a little seed was planted. Someday, I’ll write a book, my child self swore.

 

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Somewhere around ten to twelve years of age, I started writing my own stories to fill in the time between Nancy Drew books. By the time I was in my teen years, I forgot about that dream. Boys and schoolwork, and boys and best girlfriends, and boys were all that was on my mind. But sometime in my mid-twenties, I picked up pen and paper and began writing again. I didn’t try to get the stories published. There was no internet to find out how to do that with the press of a key to Google search, and no online writers’ groups to lend their expertise, encouragement and support. I just wrote them for me. A few days ago while going through some old files, I found a whole bunch of short stores I’d written during that time.

Then another dry spell came along as marriage, and a son, and a different career took up all my time. Even so, there was always that longing, that dream of being an honest-to-God author. Four years ago, I retired from my position as General Manager of a Harley-Davidson dealership, a job that came with long hours and working every weekend. It was a job I loved, but it wasn’t my dream.

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I wanted to write . I wanted to get published. I wanted to experience the joy of knowing people read a book I wrote. That was my dream, one I’d had since a child, and I knew if I didn’t do it now it would always just be a dream. So I sat down and started writing. It was a Regency, and it will probably never see the light of day….What do you mean you can’t head hop? POV, what’s that? Then I discovered Romance Writers of America, I took classes, I found fantastic critique partners, and I got better.

My second and third Regencies, THE LETTER and THE TRAINING OF A MARQUESS, started finaling in contests, they began to get full requests from agents, followed by personal rejection letters. Was I discouraged? Hell, no. If an agent takes the time to write a personal rejection, you’re getting somewhere. So I kept writing and revising and submitting.

Then The Wild Rose Press offered for both Regency books, and I accepted. As much as I loved writing my Regencies, a series about ex-SEAL heroes demanded attention, so I wrote CRAZY FOR HER and on a whim, submitted it to the 2013 Golden Heart®, and was surprised beyond measure when my entry was a finalist. When the final manuscript landed an agent, then went to auction, only one thing went through my mind. Why did I wait so long to do this?

Because I allowed life to get in the way. That happens sometimes to all of us, but one thing I’ve learned from all this is, it’s never too late to reach for a dream! The proof of that is Lorna Page, who was 90 when she wrote A DANGEROUS WEAKNESS, and 93 when it was published. Well, just wow, if that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will because as you can see from Lorna’s example, there’s no expiration date on dreams. How cool is that?    

On August 26th the first in my series of the men of K2 Special Services, CRAZY FOR HER, will release from Montlake Romance, and the second one, SOMEONE LIKE HER, is scheduled for a 2015 release, then there are three more books to follow.

Little Girl Dreams

 

Let me tell you, I’m loving this journey I’m on, one that was the dream of a little girl.

 

 

 

Have you had a dream to do something? Jump out of a plane (which I’ve done and it was awesome)? Visit a certain country? Write a book?

 

 

 

 

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VICTORIA VANE is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance with works ranging from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her books have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She lives the beautiful upstate of South Carolina with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.

26 Responses

  1. Maggi Andersen

    How wonderful to still be writing in your 90s. Nice post, Sandra!

    • Sandra Owens

      LOL, Maggi, at first I thought you were saying I was in my 90s. 😀 I think it was amazing that she wrote a book at that age, and can only hope I’m still writing them at that age.

  2. annestenhouse

    Great post, Sandra. Those of us who write, too, notice the hard work in there. You deserve success. Anne Stenhouse

  3. hollybushbooks

    Life does get in the way of our dreams, it did for me too. But any success I have now, is very sweet, because I understand the work it takes to get wherever life takes us. We haven’t expired yet, have we, Sandra? Great post!

  4. carolcork

    Great post, Sandra. So glad you followed your dream or I would not have had the privilege of reading The Letter.

    If Lorna Page wrote her first book at 90 years of age, then I guess there’s still chance for a 67 year old to old a best seller! LOL!

    Perhaps I have more chance of fulfilling the dream of visiting Switzerland once more.

    • Sandra Owens

      Thanks you for the kind words on The Letter, Carol, and not to worry, you’ve plenty of time to write that book or make another trip to Switzerland. (Take me with you when you go, please.)

  5. B.J. Scott

    Great post and something many of us can relate to. I find a lot of authors got a late start when it came to actually being published and realizing their dream. Your road to publication sound so similar to mine and I am sure many other authors who started their career later in life and wished they had started sooner. Like you I started writing for myself, then hubby, family, work etc took priority and the writing was on the back burner so to speak. Until one day I dusted off the old manuscripts, the muse returned with a vengeance and I had to write.

    • Sandra Owens

      And I’m so glad you did, BJ, because I love reading about the Scottish Highlands. Also I’m looking forward to reading more posts like yesterday’s! 🙂

  6. NancyS.Goodman

    Wonderful post, Sandy!! It is never too late to dream, or too early, as I tell my kids. I can’t wait for your release!

    • Sandra Owens

      Hey, Nancy. You’re so right about both…never too late and never to early to reach for a dream. (And some day in the near future, I’m going to be excitedly waiting for your release day, too) 🙂

  7. Violetta Rand

    Loved the post Sandra. My mom sent me a fully illustrated story I wrote for her and my dad in elementary school. I treasure it because it was the start to my career as a writer. Sounds like we share many things as authors.

    • Sandra Owens

      Oh, that’s lovely, Violetta, to have a story you wrote and then illustrated from when you were a child. I love that your parents saved it for you. 🙂

  8. Debbie Mccreary

    Sandra, it is good you continued to follow your dream. If not, the book world would be missing your books. Your story is a great encouragement to keep that dream before you, no matter what you are doing now! Harley-Davidson manager huh? Just keep writing.

    • Sandra Owens

      Yes, Debbie, for years it was motorcycles and biker dudes…some hot, some not. (I was married all during that time, so I only looked 🙂 ) My hero in Crazy For Her rides a Harley, of course.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  9. ginaconkle2013

    Hi Sandy,
    Thanks for sharing your writer’s journey. I love reading them. Picturing you riding Harleys and writing Regency romance and Navy SEAL romances is all part of what makes you interesting (plus a diversity of talent and creativity). I had lots of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books too, but admit I binged on a box full of my grandma’s Barbara Cartland books. *High Five* to you for pursuing your dream! Now the determination is paying off. 🙂

    • Sandra Owens

      No kidding, Gina, from dukes and duchesses to hot ex-Navy SEALs has been an interesting (and surprising) journey. Love that you binged on your grandma’s Barbara Cartland books.

  10. Jenny Holiday

    Thanks for this lovely post, Sandra, in a week where I’m feeling totally overwhelmed with day job + writing + family life. Reminds me of some advice you gave me once (which you probably don’t remember!) Also, I love the pic on the bike!

  11. Sandra Owens

    Okay, Jenny, email coming at you. Must know what advice I once gave you that you’ve remembered out of all the other advice I’ve given you. 😀 Oh, and you still have years to go to catch up with me, and already you’ve signed a three book deal with Entangled. You’re the one who should be giving me advice, I think.

    See you in a week. Can’t wait.

  12. JoannaM

    Trully an inspiring post. So many dreams hanging in my head but after reading this, it kind of feels lighter, like there is still time and I know I can do it! Thank you! 😉

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