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
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