An amazing thing happened last December. I had seriously considered stopping writing.
I used to write fan fiction. Yes, I confess it. I wrote Harry Potter fan fiction in an alternative universe where Harry and Hermione were a couple , not Harry and Ginny or Hermione and Ron. To me, Harry and Hermione were an obvious couple. So, since JKR did not see it, I would write it. My personal favorite was a story called Magic and Misperceptions which was a redo of Pride and Prejudice from a Harry Potter universe. Harry was Darcy, a Quidditch star, not just the Boy Who Lived. Hermione did not attend Hogwarts, but was educated in France at Beauxbatons. They don’t meet until years after the war is over. They hate each other at first: Hermione thought Harry arrogant and Harry thought Hermione stuck up. Of course, those feeling change.
Why do I mention this? When I published my stories for free on fanfiction.net and Portkey, I could see statistics of how many people read them, from what countries, and they would leave reviews. I could interact with my fans. I enjoyed that. For the novel length stories, I would post a chapter a week and get feedback right away from readers. It felt like a community. And I did not feel that way with my romances. It seemed like my only readers were friends and family.
That all changed in December.
I had two holiday stories that became Amazon holiday bestsellers. One was in a holiday anthology with members of our local Silicon Valley RWA Chapter. The other was with my regular publisher and set in Scotland, my favorite country. I spent a year there when I was twenty and it seemed like every time I went there (which was a semi-annual event for the next ten years), I fell in love. They both became bestsellers, and my regular publisher asked me to write more stories set in Scotland, hence the beginning of the I Love a Scotsman series. I’m getting reviews from people who are not family or friends. I’m rediscovering joy in writing. I just want to write stories that I would want to read: sweet, short and contemporary. An escape from the everyday. And I want others to read them too. And now, it’s happening.
I’m writing contemporary romances set in Scotland, a beautiful country full of men with accents that make my heart melt. I hope you enjoy them.