Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Romance Author

A Day In The Life of a Romance Author – Sharon Kleve

 Beep, beep, beep. That's my husband's alarm, which goes off every morning at 4:30 a.m. Seriously… 4:30 a.m. Until recently, the birds weren't even up yet at that hour.

Every morning my wonderful husband cheerfully announces, "It's time to get up, honey." He's a morning person—I'm not. I grunt, "I know."

Before I've scrubbed the crustie's from my eyes, my cat Ardy needs water from the tub and play time with her peacock feather. While she recovers from her, all four paws in the air, twist, and land move, I'm allowed to take a moment to brush my teeth, change, and stretch. Once out in the garage Ardy needs more petting, brushing and snacks. After our run this routine is repeated.


While my husband gets ready to head out for his busy day, I brew four shots of espresso and throw in a little soy milk for color. I toast a piece of bread and smear it with peanut butter. Yes, it gets all over my keyboard.

I have a routine, just like my cat. I check all my social media sites, read my email and check my blog and respond to any comments or questions I get from my fans.

 I write for about an hour and then I hear, Murp, murp. If you hadn't already guessed, that's my cat. Ardy butts her head on my leg; if I ignore the head-butt she'll jump on my desk and walk on my keyboard. This ritual gets repeated several times during the day. At 1:00 p.m. it's time to feed the beasts. That's me and Ardy. I arrange a plate for myself of saltines, spread with; you guessed peanut butter and jelly.

When I have a new release my routine changes more toward promoting my book, but my cat doesn't care just as long as she gets her needs met.

 I wind up my day 4:00 p.m. when my husband arrives home. My days fly by but I love being a romance author.

My latest Christmas story is called Brenda's Christmas Desire. It's book two in the Dreams Come True Series.


Christmas approaches and Brenda has to decide if she’s going to let the past hold her prisoner for another year or if she can finally enjoy what Christmas used to mean to her—love. DEA agent, John Smith knows the significance of December fifteenth to Brenda, but when the head of the Nuevo Cartel escapes federal prison he's forced to let her face the day without him, but not quite alone.
Can Daisy, a golden Labrador puppy, a huge sale on decorations at the hardware store, and a gift from her aunt restore her love of Christmas?


December 2013

The weather forecast for the Western Washington area, specifically North Seattle, predicted a good five-to-six inches of snow. Brenda Houser watched the flakes float like cotton balls from the sky as she dipped a tortilla chip into a bowl of thick and chunky salsa and popped the morsel into her mouth.

Her boss, Corny Myers, tapped her pencil on Brenda's reception desk to the beat of The Little Drummer Boy, which streamed from the Green Hornet Investigations Bose speakers.

 "Hey, Brenda. I have bad eating habits but I've never started the day with chips and salsa. What's up?" Corny asked.

 "You know how I feel about all the holiday hoopla. I'd rather stick my head in the sand and pull it back out in January."

 "Do you really think Mexican food is going to make you feel better?"

"Probably not, but a couple margaritas might help."

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Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

Sharon is a writer of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is picking up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors have inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.

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Catherine Lee said...

We have three cats and they are as demanding as Ardy is in the morning!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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