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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I was born without the writer gene!

When I was invited to guest blog here at YouGottaRead I was told that I could blog about anything. Well anything covers a lot of territory. Trying to narrow anything down to a manageable topic was harder that I thought it would be.

I tried to think of something new that I could write about myself as an author. I’ve been in the business since the mid-90s. I have, at one time or another, pretty much told all anyone could possibly want to know about the author Kristie Leigh Maguire.

I started thinking about interviews of other authors that I had read and the interviews that I myself had done over the years. I thought about the differences between myself and some of those other authors. One major difference between myself and some of those other authors suddenly hit me right between the eyes.

I had been dealt a harsh blow at birth! It was something that I could not hope to overcome because you are only born once and if you didn’t get it at birth, you just ain’t gonna get it! You either have it or you don’t. You can’t just order it from Overstock.com or Amazon.com.

Why hadn’t I known about this birth defect before I started my career in writing over a decade ago? I could have saved myself a lot heartache and anxiety if I had realized from the beginning that I wasn’t going to easily be climbing that ladder of success but instead was going to be crawling along on the handicap ramp because of my unfortunate birth defect.

You see, I was born without the writer gene!

You lucky authors who have this writer gene know what I’m talking about. Those of you who were born with pencil and paper in hand…or in these modern day times maybe with a little laptop in hand. Those of you who were nurtured for nine glorious months in a special little sanctified cocoon where you conjured up stories you could write about for the rest of your lives. Or those of you who started spouting stories to the doctor and nurses in the delivery room as soon as your mother pushed you out of the warm darkness into the glaring light.

I hadn’t been lucky enough to come out of the womb with a pencil and paper in my hand and I was born long before the possibility of being born with a laptop in hand. I wasn’t born telling stories that soon became published in some little magazine or newspaper before I entered school. Not even after I began school. I was just an ordinary child who learned to read in grade school and soon discovered the public library where I devoured all those books written by those authors who were lucky enough to have been born with the writer gene.

I was totally satisfied with reading books that other authors had written, with no thought to writing my own, until I ended up living in Japan with little to no access to books written in English. This situation was intolerable to me. I was an avid reader and had been known to resort to reading cereal boxes if nothing else was available. Have you ever tried to read a cereal box written in Japanese? It was not a pretty picture. I began writing my own books just to have something to read. I discovered a new passion in writing.

I had read romance novels since my early years. When I first began writing, I tried to pattern my writing after some of my favorite romance authors. This did not work for me. I soon discovered that I had my own voice and style of writing. I wanted to take romance beyond the kiss without crossing that shadowy line of taboo into pornography. I wanted to tell a good love story which included sex but told sensuously and with emotion. I wanted the characters to be everyday ordinary people and not some impossible hero or heroine who could only be real in the pages of a romance novel. Thus the “Kristie Leigh Maguire Style of Writing” was born.

I am now the published author of Affairs of the Heart: Desert Heat and Cabin Fever (Collector’s Edition), Desert Heat, Cabin Fever, Emails from the Edge: The Life of an Expatriate Wife, From the Far Side of the Sun, and co-author of No Lady and Her Tramp. I have also participated in several anthologies.

I was voted Best Up and Coming Romance Author of the Year and my novel Desert Heat was voted Romance of the Year by the Affaire de Coeur Magazine Reader/Writer Poll. My novels Cabin Fever and No Lady and Her Tramp were in the Top Ten in the Preditor & Editors Poll (number 5 & 7 respectively). My novel Affairs of the Heart: Desert Heat and Cabin Fever (Collector’s Edition) was a Number One Book in Sensual Romance at Amazon.com.

I am the Founder of Star Publish LLC and also the Co-Founder of Global Authors Publications, Inc. I am the Owner and Designer for Book Covers and More. I am the Founder of NUW (Not the Usual Way) Authors Community, an online international community that I began in January 2001 as a place of networking and support for authors who are published by Print on Demand, E-Book, self published or published by small press traditional publishers.

Perhaps my success in the writing industry isn’t as glorious as some of those lucky authors who were born with the writer gene. Maybe my crawl down the handicap ramp has been tougher than climbing up that ladder of success. But I count myself successful in my chosen field of writing…especially since I was born with a birth defect to overcome. Perhaps one doesn’t have to be born with the writer gene to make it in the writing industry after all!


Although Kristie Leigh Maguire is originally from the South and will always remain Southern at heart, she now divides her time between her homes in Nevada and in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. During her expatriate years, she lived in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Aruba, Thailand, Japan, three times in Saudi Arabia and visited many other foreign countries.

You can visit her online at http://kristieleighmaguire.com

Join Kristie Leigh Maguire on her Facebook Writer's Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristie-Leigh-Maguire/62709471714?v=wall&viewas=657476932


Anonymous said...

Appreciated the article. Kristie and I go back a ways now - always enjoy reading what she puts to pen. :) Glad I followed over here - nice blog, too!

The Old Silly from Free Spirit Blog

Word Crafter said...

Well, you coulda fooled me Kristie - You are an amazing writer and this little blog post testifys to that - as well as your awesome books. You Rule Girl! I think you have all the right genes for anything you want to do, be, or have. WTG
and Thanks for jogging my imagination - you are an inspiration.

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Marvin, thanks so much for coming over to YouGottaRead and reading my little blog post. Keep up the good work, my friend! :)


Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Aw shucks, Billie, thank you so much! You are so sweet! You have some amazing books too. :)

Thanks for taking the time to come over, read, and comment.


Anonymous said...

Kristie, what a fun and interesting article, I too was an avid reader of cereal boxers if nothing else was available, LOL! From your books I've read, I would hazard a guess that if you haven't inherited the writing gene, someone has spliced it onto you :)

Annette Gisby.

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Thanks, Annette! And thanks so much for stopping by, reading my article, and posting your comment.


Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

This is a comment by Susan Merson who emailed me wanting to post a comment here but couldn't. She asked me to post for her. Thanks so much, Susan! Much appreciated. :)

Kristie, that fire that created your books is something that WAS always there.. your drive and passion tells another larger story and one that has served and given voice to many many others.. including me... there is nothing to be done but speak our piece, i think, and i am so grateful for having found you in order to bring my voice to a larger world.. led by your example... the world is large and the stories are many... many thanks for telling some swell ones...


and DREAMING IN DAYLIGHT, available NOW on Amazon.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristie! Talking about writer genes had me thinking about mutations. LOL! Even if you were born without the gene, you've certainly found a way to become infused!

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

LOL - Kim, at least it made you stop and think!This was a fun little article for me to write.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. :)


Author Ernie Johnson said...

Kristie, I know what you mean about the writer gene. I was born without it, but at 33 I let it hit me with a lightning bolt, and it's grown ever since. Nice article.

Ernie - aka Author Ernie johnson

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Thanks, Ernie! I may not have been born with the writer gene but I picked up the writer habit along the way somewhere. :)


Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Janet Elaine Smith emailed me wanting me to post her comment since she couldn't get it to 'take.' Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Janet! Much appreciated. :)

Very clever take on things, Kristie. I think you fill your jeans--er, genes--quite well. Sometimes we have to grow up before we figure out what we have inherited. I love your books, but my favorite has to be No Lady and Her Tramp.

Janet Elaine Smith

Redameter said...

Kristi is a great writer, whether born to it or not. I don't think she suffered any handicaps. LOL I've known her since the internet began.

Don't miss her work, she's absolutely great.

Love and blessings

Anonymous said...


You were born with the writer gene but it was dormant until triggered by a Japanese cereal box. Ya gotta watch those things, they are tricky.

does NUW include Lulu? I'd try to join but I'm afraid I'd be intimidated by all the excellent writers there.

Ron aka unwriter

Joyce Anthony said...

Kristie, you may not have a writer's gene--but that's because you have a writer's soul-and it shows in your writing!

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

I received an email from Gary Kennon wanting me to post a comment since he couldn't get it to post. Thanks much, Gary! Much appreciated, bro! :)

I have known Kristie for quite some time,seen her grow as an author,travel the world,climb mountains of the mind,overcoming every obstacle in her path.Love your work.My hat's off to you girl!!!

Gary Kennon

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Why thank you, Rita! And thanks for stopping by YouGottaRead. Yep, we are long time internet friends. I lost you for a while but I am so glad that we found each other again not too long ago. You have some pretty great books yourself, girlfriend! :)


Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Ron, what a unique way to look at it! Thanks, buddy! Of course NUW counts Lulu. Feel free to join. You have to request to join but just say that I recommended you. I'm no longer the manager for NUW but I do have an 'in.' lol


Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Awwwww, Joyce, that's so sweet of you to say! Thank you, my friend! And thanks so much for stopping by YouGottaRead. :)


Anonymous said...

Kristie, You must have gotten that writer's gene somewhere along the line. I have read lot os of your work and know a true writer when I see one. You are one for sure. "No Lady and Her Tramp" had me rolling on the floor laughing. No one without a writer's gene, and a very good one at that, could write like you do.

Your old friend and co-founder of Global Authors Publications.


Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Thanks so much, Katie! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading No Lady. That one was a riot to write. Of course I had Mark Haeuser writing along with me on that one. Maybe that's why it was such a fun project, sharing it with a fellow writer. It was much more fun that going solo.

Your old friend and the OTHER co-founder of Global Authors Publications (lol)
- Kristie

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

I received yet another email, this time from Nina Osier, who asked me to post a comment after she tried to post and the blog 'ate' the comment when she hit preview. lol

Thanks a million, Nina! Glad you enjoyed my article. :)

Kristie, you've given me my chuckle for the day! Whether or not you were "born" a writer, you certainly are one now. I think the person who said your writing gene was always there, but dormant until it got triggered is exactly right!

Nina Osier

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

I would like to thank Tami and Val and YouGottaRead for having me here as their guest blogger today. And special thanks to all who came, read, and commented. It's been fun!

Happy writing ... and reading!
Kristie Leigh Maguire

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Kristie, I'm not sure about that writer gene. I think you got it. People who don't have it give up. You're a goer!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Blogging at Writer's Digest 101 Best Website picks, www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com

Kristie Leigh Maguire said...

Thanks, Carolyn! And thanks so much for taking the time to visit, read, and comment. You're quite the 'goer' yourself. :)


Glynis said...

What a great read and insight as to why you started writing. You are an inspiration.

Renee Vincent said...

Kristie, what a great blog! I loved learning little things about authors and to see how your passion for writing got started. It was such an enlightening story, especially for those who might second guess themselves and their ability, should they think they were not born with pen and paper in hand. It goes to show you that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Great Job, Kristie!