Thanks so much for inviting me to guest blog today at LASR! Hmmm…balancing writing with family life? Good question. I have a very understanding family. I used to write in early in the morning before everyone was up and the house was quiet. Then I’d send our three darlings off to school and I’d go to work. Fortunately for a number of years I worked in town, so it was perfect, I’d be home five minutes before the school bus. After school, there were activities, PAL Soccer, Girl Scouts, Music Lessons, Art Class, Karate, Dance lessons--and for 12 years our daughter competed in Irish Step Dance which involved traveling to feisanna (competitions) on weekends in the tri-state area. So writing time was precious, but had to fit in with what our family needed.
But even though my family has always been my greatest support, they would get cranky if there wasn’t any food in the house. Luckily for them, I’ve always tried to write up a menu for the week and grocery shop accordingly. When deadlines were looming, that’s when the 3 Ps came into play: Pasta, Pizza and Peanut Butter! Lots of protein there for growing kids. LOL!
My family has weathered rejections and successes with me and for that I’ll always be grateful. I think my refusing to give up after receiving 99 rejections and then finally selling that first book all those years ago was a life lesson that our kids have embraced. They know that nothing in this life is easy, nothing is ever truly free, and if you want something badly enough, then you’d better be willing to work toward that goal in order to achieve it. It all ties in with our Purcell family ancestors’ motto: Aut Vincam, Aut Periam, translation: I will either conquer or perish!
But the past seventeen years has passed in the blink of an eye, and now our daughter is married and I’m babysitting for our darling grandbaby a few times a week while she and our son-in-law are both working. I never had to juggle writing with an infant…our kids were 11, 9 and 7 when I started writing…there’s a huge difference. But, I’m writing full time now and don’t have to worry about a day job, so I’m back to getting up early to write on days when I’m babysitting…the only difference is that I’m exhausted after our grandbaby leaves so there isn’t a whole lot of writing time at night on those days, unless I’m on deep deadline.
I’ve always put my family first, and always will; they keep me grounded, they keep me sane. So for those of you out there who are just starting out in your writing career, decide where your priorities lie and plan accordingly, because whenever other people—especially kids—are involved, you need to plan ahead in order to meet everyone’s needs…as well as your own. Just IMHO :)
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A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE BY C.H. ADMIRAND – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012
He's not so sure about small town life.
She can't imagine living anywhere else.
Welcome to Apple Grove, Ohio (population 597), where everyone has your best interests at heart, even if they can't agree on the best way to meddle. When the townsfolk of Apple Grove need handiwork done, there's no job too small for the Mulcahy sisters: Megan, Caitlin, and Grace.
Specializing in hard work and family loyalty, tomboy Meg Mulcahy has left behind any girlhood dreams of romance. Enter newcomer Daniel Eagan, looking to bury his own broken heart and make a new start. He's surprised-and delighted-by the winsome girl with the mighty tool belt who shows up to fix his wiring.
But Dan's got a lot to learn about life in a small town, and when Meg's past collides with her future, it may take all 595 other residents of Apple Grove to keep this romance from short-circuiting.
Praise for A Wedding in Apple Grove:
“A terrifically fun read... With quick dialogue and a homey feel, this is a wonderful book to curl up with. Small-town romance at its best!” —RT Book Review, 4 Stars
“Raw charm... one to read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sexy and fun... Admirand’s series will be popular, especially with fans of Susan Wiggs and Janet Chapman.” —Booklist
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:www.CHAdmirand.