Margaret Mayo, Romance Author

My Journey to becoming a Writer, Part Two

To carry on the story of my entry into the world of writing…

After that first novel was rejected I really studied the market. Even though I’d read Mills & Boon for years I’d read them purely for enjoyment, as had my mother before me. But now I began in earnest to look behind the writing, to find out what the stories were really about, the highs and lows of falling in love, the dangers and excitement along the way. And more importantly how they were put together. Then I sat down and wrote another book. The first one had taken me fifteen months to write but this one only took seven.
I eagerly sent it off but I didn’t sit back and wait for an answer (accept or decline) I started another one. By the time it was finished I still hadn’t heard anything so I gave them a gentle reminder. (Manual typewriter in those early days and the job of typing it all out at the end. Phew! I shiver even thinking about it)
Within a couple of days I had a letter from them – no phone call then, only a very formal letter – telling me that they were going to publish both of my books. You can imagine my joy. I grabbed hold of my husband and we danced around the room and my two children thought we’d gone mad because they didn’t know what was going on.
That was the beginning of my writing career. I never imagined that I would still be writing all these years later, and what is more importantly, still enjoying it.





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