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I knew I wanted to be a writer when my 8th grade English teacher introduced us to journalism and creative writing. I fell in love! Finally there was something interesting to learn about! I had visions of being a modern day Lois Lane, working in New York City for a prestigious newspaper, writing in-depth stories that uncovered social injustice and spurred my readers to take action.
None of that happened. Instead, I got married.
My husband was in the U.S. Air Force and we were stationed in Charleston, SC. I sold Tupperware, then worked as a sales clerk in a large department store where I mixed paint, sold lawn tractors, guns, ammunition, baby clothes, and Christmas decorations. From there I moved on to the financial field where I was a loan officer, a bill collector, an insurance sales person, was asked to appear in court on the company’s behalf, and once I even repossessed a car!
None of that was really me. I couldn’t stop thinking about my dream to become a writer. Finally, with the support and encouragement of my husband, I wrote my first historical romance – and it sold! I was thrilled!
Two dozen more romance novels followed, along with a mystery series I write under the name Dorothy Howell. I live in the Los Angeles area now along with my daughters. I’m still married to my high school sweetheart.
So maybe my life didn’t turn out as I’d envisioned it when I was young, but I wouldn’t change what I have now for anything.
Romancing the Stone