As every writer knows, our job is hard work. Sitting in the chair every day writing stories that we hope and pray our readers (and our editor!) will love isn’t always easy. Writing itself takes time and practice; it’s part gift and part grit. There are many head-banging moments. There are many ten, twelve, fourteen hour days. I’ve stayed up all night writing; I’ve stared at the computer screen for countless hours not writing.
But … I work from home. My hours are flexible. (I can go to my daughter’s soccer practice or take my son on a field trip and make up the time at night.) I can write in my pajamas or with a glass of wine (most people can’t drink on the job!) And movies are research, not mere entertainment. 🙂
And sometimes, we get invited to speak. I’ve been all over the country, from Seattle to Atlanta; Phoenix to New Jersey. I have truly enjoyed every conference I’ve been invited to speak at, and know that I learned more from the writers there as they learned from me.
But I’ll admit … being invited as a keynote speaker to the Romance Writers of New Zealand is truly a highlight.