Over twenty years ago, I sat down at a Laser 128 computer and fired up AppleWorks, intent on writing my first novel. I believe I got about four pages of it before I realized I didn’t know what I was doing, and resolved to get better at writing so I could actually write something that wasn’t terrible.
I’ve read hundreds of books since then, a fair chunk of them about writing as craft and story structure. I’ve written several million words over those two decades, a lot of them in the past four years.
Thirteen-year-old me had no idea it’d take this long, and no idea it’d ever actually occur, but here we are, and I have just put the revised edition of Executive Privilege up for publication through CreateSpace, which I cannot recommend enough. Making a print layout is a big damned hassle, but CreateSpace dials it down to a minimum.
The best part of this is not that I’ve got a print book going on sale. The best part?
This is only my first book. ^_^ I dreamed of being a novelist, and now I am a novelist. I tell stories and people like them enough that they spend time and money to read them.
The path I took here was not what I intended nor expected, but hot damn, I’ll take it! ^_^
Things people are saying about Executive Privilege:
- “I only put it down to sleep. Fun read for those interested in an edgier lesbian romance. Reminded me of my favorite Harlequin romances. I’m hoping for a sequel.“
- “I really enjoyed this book. A good mix of romance and intrigue. The BDSM added an interesting, hot twist to the story. I hope that there is a sequel. I would like to know what happens with Alex and Cathy. I’m definitely going to read more books by this author.”
- “I loved the book but I felt it only scratched the surface… I was left wanting more and hope that is a follow up to this soon.”
- “As a lover of BDSM themed lesbian stories… this was right up my alley. Near the end it did get a bit predictable. Overall pleasantly surprised and looking forward to more of her lesbian themed work.”
They like me! They really like me! ^___^
I confess: I love science and technology.
That might seem like a really weird confession, but let me tell you what, it’s not exactly the easiest love to have when you’re a woman. The mansplain factor goes through the roof in some circumstances. Tech support is a frequent “first career” for a lot of young technology enthusiasts (it was for me) and the number of times someone underestimates you because you’re female is at first insulting, then absurd, then depressing at times and infuriating at others.
The insidious part is that it makes you allergic to explanation. I got so good at avoiding having people explain things to me that I slowly ensured I could only learn from books, tutorials, or anything that didn’t involve a person. (Well, it’s a thing I’m working on.)
You might wonder where I’m going with this. Lesbians Who Tech is where I’m going with this. Leanne Pittsford has created something awesome for women like me, and more importantly, younger women like me.
In my previous career (arguably my second one, as I count the melange of tech support, customer service, and retail as my first), I had a technical job and I still had inordinate insecurity about my skills and capabilities. I became involved with LWT, and I don’t have enough time in the day to say good things about them. They’re uniquely positioned to help network young women who are frequently left high and dry by ‘typical’ women’s professional organizations, and they don’t play the identity police game — they have goals and help is welcome from anybody.
One of my goals this year is to start going to their meetings again. It was always a great time, it was always good people, and I always learned something, whether it was about a new tech I hadn’t had the courage to ask Real People about or people I hadn’t even thought of connecting to.
Bottom line: It’s a fantastic organization, and if you’ve got an ambition of being Alex Winters someday, LWT would be a huge asset in that endeavor. ^_^