Guest Post: Rose Lange on Being a Writer Mom
Today I’m VERY pleased to host my friend and debut author, Rose Lange. I “met” her several years ago when I was coordinator of a contest sponsored by an RWA chapter. She’d done very well in the contest and we managed to keep in touch the last few years. She emailed me updates of how her writing was going. We shared writing war stories. 🙂 So I was very excited when she sold her first novel and I’m super happy to have her here today to talk about her new book! Please welcome Rose Lange to the Inkwell!
Being a writer has its challenges. Being a writer, and a mom adds an entirely different set of challenges. Add to that having a full-time job, and you might wonder how any writing gets done. Let me start at the beginning.
I started writing when I was fourteen. By the time I graduated high school, I’d written two contemporary romances. But by the time I reached college, gotten married, and let life in general take over, I’d put them, and my writing, to the side for about eight years. It’s not that I didn’t want to, it’s that I was doing other things, and let’s be honest; I didn’t make it a priority at that time. But that little voice always spoke to me, “Why aren’t you writing?” or “You should be writing.” I never responded, but that voice never went away.
Then in May of 2009, I got pregnant with my son, and everything changed—my way of thinking shifted. Despite not having written anything in years (besides college papers) I still couldn’t help but think, “How will I ever write again?” Suddenly the urge to write again re-surfaced, and lit a fire under me. I immediately took action, and joined a local writer’s group where I quickly formed wonderful friendships, and was thrilled that I could talk to people that understood “writing.” For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel so alone in my writing journey. Then I began brainstorming a new book, and following my son’s birth, I started writing at night while he slept. Little by little, page-by-page, I had a completed manuscript I could be proud of, and something to work with!
In having a baby, I experienced a re-birth in myself. Deciding I couldn’t put my dreams on hold anymore. From then on, I’ve made writing a priority. Even if I can only write for ten or fifteen minutes at a time, as long as I had something down, I was happy.
Now, with one published book under my belt, and a work in progress later, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I’m grateful that little voice in my head never stopped talking, and even more grateful that I never stopped listening.
I would like to thank Michelle Miles for being such a gracious hostess, and having me on her blog today. Thank you to everyone that stopped by, and I hope to connect with you soon.
About Rose Lange:
Rose Lange has been a reader since she was little. Her joy for reading eventually turned into a passion for writing, which she started pursuing in high school. Her English teacher read her first manuscript, a contemporary romance, and encouraged her to keep writing.
She is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, as well as the Wisconsin Chapter, where she has formed wonderful friendships.
Rose lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, son, and a mischievous poodle, Gizmo. She loves spending time in her “mommy” cave creating stories, and getting to know her characters.
When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching old movies, reading, and shopping.
“Gracie’s Plan,” a contemporary romance, is her debut novel.
For the first five people to “Like” me on my Facebook author page, and leave a comment, I’ll send you a free e-copy of “Gracie’s Plan.” If you’re not on a social media out-let, no worries, just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by!