Friday, February 20, 2009

A new beginning

I'm new to the wonderful world of blogging, so I'll start with a bit about me.

I am married, and have two inspiring young daughters. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa, where I work as a film production manager for a company that makes television commercials. And that is not as glamorous as it sounds.

All my life I have been a writer. I still have schoolbooks from my earliest school years in which I wrote down my dreams and stories. My first class teacher told me I'd amount to nothing, because I spent all my time day dreaming. Well, I still day dream and I'm happy to say I'm pretty pleased with how my life has turned out. (So there!)

It was my husband who made me sit down and write. At the time I was working for a very small film company and we were experiencing a quiet patch, so I spent a lot of time in the office researching Arthurian history and legends (still a passion of mine). Exasperated with my obsession and how much of my time it monopolised, my husband asked why I didn't try to make some money out of it.

Five years and one baby later and I still had barely a third of my great Arthurian novel written. So I went on a novel writing course that changed my life. I learned so much, met a wonderful group of friends, and began a new 'practice' novel. That first completed novel taught me so much. Mostly that it was completely unpublishable, but also that I could actually finish something I'd started (a bit of a first for me).

Thanks to that novel and that wonderful group of new writing friends, I discovered a passion for writing romance and I haven't looked back. I submitted my second novel to Harlequin Romance. By the time I received my first rejection letter I had again learned so much that I knew exactly why they rejected it.

I'm now busy with my third full length novel. It's a struggle, as anyone who has ever tried to write a novel can attest to, but it's a sweet struggle. Every novel I write teaches me so much more. It strengthens my writing, grows my confidence - and it's just plain fun!

So this blog is my way of sharing what I learn with the world. As I struggle to write (and hopefully get published) along with an entire community of wonderful women writers, I will share the joys and hardships, and the lessons I've learned, with all of you.


  1. What a lovely blog page - I will definetely be tuning in to get support and provide support to my writing friends!

    Well done.

  2. hi romy

    enjoy your blogging. don't know where you get time for it. good luck with the novel .hopefully see you on a best seller list one day .
    gav and nix

  3. Gosh, I thought I'd be the first to comment on your new blog. You snooze, you lose!

    Love your blog Romy. The colours look great and your photo is fab.

    Welcome to the blogosphere. A word of warning: it's addictive!

  4. PS How did you get that word counter thingy to work? I want one for my blog!!! :)

  5. FAB Blog, Romy!! - love the colours and the layout - and your photo is beautiful!!
    Have fun with it!!
    "See"" you back on RWSA!!

  6. Hey Romy! Awesome! Love the feminine romance feel to the blog - it matches your writing style!
    You're an inspiration to what we should all be doing to allow our creative spirit free reign! Kudo's to you!
    Looking forward to seeing your name in print soon!

  7. Hi Romy

    You left a comment on Jackie's blog, and I thought I'd reply here as I didn't want to hijack her blog any more than I already had!!

    In answer to your question, yes, you're absolutely right. I did get the idea for 'A Bid for Love' from James Blunt. It was his interview on Top Gear that did it! Did you see it?

    Good luck with the writing!


  8. Off you go - follow your passions and dreams! Life's too short........
    Lani x

  9. Hi Romy! This is great! Oh, just be careful otherwise you'll find yourself hanging out here a lot rather than writing, says the voice of experience. :-)


  10. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments.

    Lucy - I love Top Gear! Have to admit I knew nothing about James Blunt until that interview. Isn't it amazing that there are so many stories out there just begging to be told?

  11. That's awesome. I am in the same industry. I am also an aspiring writer. I have 12 000 words down for my first novel. It is hard, but oh so rewarding. My favourite time to write is early, before work, at coffee shops with a cappuccino friend.