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I didn’t like to read as a teen. I didn’t like English class, either. I fell in love with reading as an adult, when it wasn’t “assigned reading” from a class or teacher. I fell in love with reading so much, ideas for books started running through my head so I decided to start writing a book. (I have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology and a master’s degree in Industrial Relations – both of which don’t have anything to do with writing a book.) Seriously one day I sat down and just started writing.
Since I first fell in love with romance novels, my first book was a Native American historical romance novel. I tried to sell it, but didn’t have interest from agents or editors. Then I wrote Perfect Chemistry, but wasn’t able to sell that book either (it was the 2nd book I wrote but the 4th book I sold). I was on a writers retreat and my writer friends told me I should write “what I know” and since my father was Israeli and my husband is Israeli they said I should write a hilarious book about a girl who travels to Israel. I did, and entered a writing contest with the book. To my complete surprise, I won the writing contest. Less than a week later, an agent offered representation and sold the book two months later. She then sold two more books on proposal (three chapters and a synopsis). All my books are teen romances, because I love reading romances…I love happy endings more than anything!
I’ve won a lot of awards and am so happy that I found a new agent who saw potential in my bestselling novel Perfect Chemistry and sold it to a wonderful publisher Walker Books. My editor Emily Easton loved Perfect Chemistry immediately and I’m excited Emily is letting me write a trilogy (the second book Rules of Attraction hit bookstores this week and I even hired a film company to film a book trailer for it that looks like a movie trailer with actors and snippets of scenes acted out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhEx0kaUlrU)
My advice for writers is to never give up and always work on your craft. Sometimes it takes setting aside that first book and moving on to write your second and third book. (knowing you can always go back and sell your first novel) I also read manuscripts from new writers with stilted dialogue. Write how you talk and your dialogue will come out naturally.
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