Why I Write Romance: Amanda Berry

My sale came through a contest win, which resulted in a request for the full manuscript. When my editor, Patience Smith, called me, I was on top of the world with joy. Working with Patience to make my debut novel the best it could possibly be was amazing and exciting. Seeing L.A. Cinderella in print… well, I may be a writer, but it’s hard to write down in a few words what it all meant. Years of perfecting my craft, thousands of ideas passing through my head, falling in love with my hero and heroine, dealing with rejections and failures and celebrating the contest finals. All those moments led to one phone call on a Friday afternoon that fulfilled every dream I’d had growing up. Such a simple thing really, but it meant so much. Even with the book in my hand, it feels a little surreal. Perseverance, education, hope: these are the key ingredients to my success.

Amanda Berry returned to writing when her husband swept the family off to England to live for a year. Now she’s hooked, and since returning to the states spends her writing days concocting spicy contemporary romances while her cats try in vain to pry her hands off the keyboard.

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    November 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Shana Smith, Shana Smith, Kristi Lea, Kristi Lea, Jeannie Lin and others. Jeannie Lin said: Cool! My CP @amandasberry is on the Harlequin blog today. http://bit.ly/da9AD0 […]

  2. Sela Carsen
    November 1, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Great story, Amanda!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Natasha Hanova
    November 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Thanks Amanda. I enjoy reading short stories, but they are hard to write and mine usually end up as new manuscripts. I think I’ll focus on polishing them for contests. Thanks for the advice.

  4. Susie Sheehey
    November 1, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Congratulations, Amanda! So happy for you and your accomplishments!
    I hope eventually I’m as lucky. In the meantime I’m going to continue to learn, get better at my craft, and keep at it!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. debraannelliott
    November 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Congrat’s and thanks for the inspiration!

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