I’ve been reading romance novels since I was a teenager. I especially love regency romance , but I’d never pass up a hot Navy Seal, an overbearing Scotsman or shape shifting feline.
I’d always found reading them to be a pleasant escape–transporting me to another place and time filled with beautiful people, always resulting in a happy ending, That is, until I read the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. True, the Bridgertons were all attractive, but the characters in the books were flawed. Wonderfully, beautifully flawed. And I thought–I’d like to read more books like that.
In fact, I’d like to write a book like that. So I did. Not that it was easy. Quite the contrary. But starting was easy.
I came up with three story lines featuring wondrously flawed characters and started to write. It was a fun hobby and I finished the first one in a year. The resultant manuscript was mediocre at best. Sigh. Then I started the second one…and got bored.
But third time’s the charm, right? I studied my craft. Had stops and starts, fitting it in between working, raising a family and occasional housework. Finally, five years later, Dare to Love was complete.
It took me two more years, pitching the manuscript, revising, editing, and pitching again to finally get a contract through Lyrical Press (now an imprint for Kensington Publishing). Dare to Love was finally published.
I was sure I’d gotten the writing bug out of my system and could return to my regular life. Until I was stopped for speeding in New York by a surprisingly nice, good-looking state trooper. Suddenly a cute meet story idea flowed out of my fingers and into my keyboard. A year later, Catching a Pixie was complete.
Artemis Publishing will be printing Pixie in the fall of 2020.
When not writing, I split my time between Delaware and Vermont with my husband and giant lump of a cat. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram and you’ll able to see my cat (but NOT my husband. He hates all things Social Media).
Alleigh Burrows qualified for the Published Author Network (PAN) designation with the Romance Writer’s of America in September 2015.
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