Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. ~ Margaret Mead
I started my writing path because I didn't find heroines I could relate to. It's really as simple as that. I was a 50-something woman with a high tech background who lived in the Midwest and did not desire a sheik, an urban career involving stilettos, or a hidden baby. God forbid there should be any babies, hidden or otherwise.
So I started writing about 50-something heroines in small towns or suburbs who get embroiled in likely but not necessarily realistic homicides. Things just kinda happen to my heroines and along the way they find a guy. Sometimes they settle down, sometimes they don't.
It took me a few years to sell the idea to a publisher. None of the big publishers would touch it, of course. I had a couple of offers from editors who suggested if I changed the heroine's age or the location, they might consider it. Uh, no thanks.
Eventually my books found homes, with 3 different publishers. I'm not a NYT best-seller, but I didn't really set out to be that. I set out to write books I'd want to read.
Am I unique? Sure, in a sense. But a lot of other writers have taken new paths down trails that publishers said had no future. Sports novels, divorce novels, novels about heroines with disabilities. So you see, it's true. We're all unique, in our own way.
J L Wilson
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