Becoming a Writer
First Sight is the first book I completed, but it wasn’t the first book I ever wrote. I started writing my very first novel almost ten years ago. I had a great idea, excitedly told a few people about it, created an outline, starting writing…and never finished it. I still have my first draft, but I just couldn’t get the storyline to go where I wanted it to.
Long before then, I was always writing something. Just as some people have loved to read since they were kids, I’ve always loved to write. Reading is an escape, an adventure, and the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon. As much as I’ve always enjoyed escaping in a book, I’ve also always loved coming up with my own stories.
As a kid, I’d write my own pretend stories and articles. When I was a college student, I enjoyed mostly nonfiction. You know those students that hated term papers? I wasn’t one of them! I have an English degree, and researching, drafting, and coming up with my thesis and argument were challenges I enjoyed.
It wasn’t until after college that I started writing fiction again. I had so many stories I wanted to get down on paper that it was almost difficult to decide which one to start with.
When I had the idea for Maddy and Travis’s story, I started writing and couldn’t stop. I’d come home from work and write late into the night. I’d spend time on weekends, vacations, and even occasionally my lunch break if I had an idea that I just had to get down on paper.
I remember once at a job interview (I’ve been a writer/editor for fifteen years), the interviewer asked what I liked to do in my free time. I said reading and writing. How’s that for making a career out of something you love?
Have you ever had a book you just couldn’t put down? That’s how I feel when writing. I just can’t wait to get the story down on paper to see where it goes. Nothing is better than watching your characters grow and coming to a satisfying conclusion.
About Laura Donohue
Laura Donohue is a graduate of George Mason University. She spent ten years working as a technical writer and editor before publishing her first novel. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and daughter.
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Maddy Smith writes for a trendy website in Washington DC, has two fabulous best friends, and her own apartment. When a girl’s night out ends with her locking eyes with the handsome stranger across the room, the last thing she expects is for him to show up at her office on Monday morning.
Travis Emerson, her attractive and single new colleague, just moved to town. Although an immediate friendship between Maddy and Travis forms, she soon finds herself wishing for something more. After a misunderstanding between them occurs, not only is her hope for a relationship ruined, but their friendship is in jeopardy as well. Is any chance that Maddy had with Travis over? Or could he possibly be what she’s been looking for all along?
Follow Maddy and Travis on a series of adventures that will quickly have you cheering them on. First date jitters? Not when you’ve been in love since First Sight!
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