Many have asked me what prompted a bored hotel executive to write a chick lit. The story of how One Real McCoy came about is quite simple. It was a dare. I'm easily bored, and whilst waiting for my next assignment I read a lot. Mainly mysteries, detective stories, suspence novels, but also the occasional romantic comedy. A good friend recommended a book by a New York Times best-seller. In fact, she was positively raving about it. Eagerly I read it. It was the worst drab ever published, but I plowed through it, because it was, after all, highly recommended. Upon finishing, I threw the book into the recycling bin, and told my husband how disappointed I was. "Even I could write better!" I exclaimed. "Why don't you?" he said.Challenge had been extended and accepted.
'McCoy Ever After', the sequel to 'One Real McCoy' was published in October 2009.
My first serious novel ('Tagged: A War Child Remembers'), a historical fiction, was published late May 2009.
In the meantime I've started writing a mystery.
After many years in the hospitality industry (I started part-time while still in high school), I'm taking a sabbatical, to try my hand at writing.And yes - I view writing as a hobby, as my definition of a hobby is 'an activity which gives one joy, but no monetary gain'.
Among my other hobbies, I'd like to list golf (terrible waste of money, but a nice way to whack holes into someone else's perfect lawn); tennis (in what other sport would a timid country-girl such as myself get to shout out 'love' a lot?); running with my pure bred American mutt (getting tired of that 'who's walking whom?' question as everyone can see that she's walking me); photography (hardly surprisingly my favorite subject is my dog) and; reading anything and everything (with very few limits), for how could I not?
Doctors without Borders. SPCA. American Cancer Society.
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