What's my greatest strength?
I'm about to break a sacred rule.
You see, I attend a Women's Conference at church every year, and we're not supposed to divulge secrets. But since this one's about me, I'll share it anyway.
I was raised in a Christ-oriented family, and thanks to some childhood bullying and anxiety issues, I clung to my faith, since I'd been taught about a loving God. I pictured Him with gray hair and wrinkles, and a very loving manner, much like my own grandpa. I didn't feel accepted by kids at school, but I was close to several friends whom I only saw once or twice a week. Plus, I had Father God whom I could talk to any time of day or night:)
So yes, I have a deep faith in a Higher Power.....which may seem strange to romance writers. Stranger still, I have many friends who don't believe, or are of other faiths.
My childhood issues gave me a unique compassion for others, and I've also been told I'm way too forgiving at times.
But that's how I was raised....and since I was an 'ugly duckling' who has blossomed into some sort of swan, it allowed me to develop my imagination, since I was a voracious reader.
I am loyal to a fault; I can be your greatest fan if I love your books; I can champion the underdog.
Hope: I've never given up hope that one day I'd be published. This has allowed me to be flexible, since at 1st I wanted to be published by age 20 and be a guest on Love Boat, and have that shipboard romance with either Doc or Gopher, but alas, it went off the air when I was 13 or 14! Nevertheless, when it didn't happen at 30, I was thrilled when it finally happened before I hit 40! Even then, I struggled with marketing, but through trial and error I've attained some small successes:) The worst thing anyone can say to me?
"Why don't you give up on that writing thing? You're not making any money! Go get a 'real job'."
Ummmm....Yeah, I don't make a huge sum of money, but I would much rather be doing something I love than spend a lot of time and energy doing something I despise.
If those aren't strengths, then apparently I've misunderstood the topic.
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