In Her Shoes is a series written by readers to give us a glimpse into their lives – to see what it is like to walk in their shoes. I’m honored to introduce you to my friend Frances Fowlkes. I am so proud of my friend for chasing her dream of becoming a writer. This week, her very first book was released! Let’s join our friend as shares with us what it is like to walk in her shoes. ~ Love, G
I’ll admit when Ginger asked me to write about a day in my life as a writer, I had to laugh. No one wants to read about someone who spends hours hunched over a keyboard, their eyes glazing over as they stare at an often times blank screen for minutes, hours, and sometimes days on end.
So, in my normal flair for embellishing the ordinary (because honestly, writers really do spend hours of their day sitting at a computer) I began to write about my job. And as it usually happens, I learned a thing or two about myself in the process—like how I’m not just a writer. I’m a time-traveler, match-maker, and happily-ever-after aficionado, too.
I wasn’t always a writer. Oh sure, I wrote the required essay for school, kept a journal under my bed, and penned a note or two (you know, when passing notes in class was the way to proclaim your love to your crush BEFORE texting). But I considered myself more of a reader. A voracious one who ate books for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, sometimes reading more than three or four books a day. My particular favorites were the Harlequin romance novels my mother left discarded around the house—especially the historicals. Kilted warriors, open-shirted dukes, and bare-chested cowboys greeted me on the covers, sucking me in with their reformations at the hands of strong-willed heroines and their declarations of undying love.
From my teens to my twenties, I read more historical romances than any other genre, the ever familiar tropes of the past, my respite on glum and rainy days. I wrote now and then, jotting an idea down here and there between required essays and term papers, but it wasn’t until I started a blog chronicling my harried life as a young mother, that I felt the call to write and took it seriously. I’m not sure if it was reading one more horribly written book that tossed me over the edge, or if it was the encouragement of friends and family, urging me to take my writing to the next level, but something happened to make me write the first word, the first sentence, the first paragraph, and eventually the first book. And you know what? I liked it.
Writing is hard. And lonely. And often riddled with self-doubt and rejection. But it is also rewarding and fulfilling in ways I never imagined. Every day I get to sit down at my desk and journey back in time. I get to write about love, and happily ever afters. I get to stretch my creativity and learn new things through research.
And while yes, I spend an exorbitant amount of time sitting and typing, I like to think it’s worth it. I’m doing what I feel I’m called to do and making people happy in the process. And after a whole lot of edits, prayers, and hours at the keys, I have a published book to show for it. My first book, “The Duke’s Obsession” out with Entangled Publishing’s Scandalous imprint, is a culmination of my efforts and one I’d love to share with you.
Write your heart out. You never know where it may lead you!
Frances Fowlkes lives in South Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three red-headed sons, and a spoiled standard poodle. When not writing about ardent heroes or strong-willed heroines, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with makeup, and planning her next vacation.
You can pick up your digital copy of my friend’s book, The Duke’s Obsession, today!
To read more encouraging stories, or if you are interested in sharing your own story, please go to the In Her Shoes tab near the top of the page. I love learning about the people in this series. Connecting with others seems to make the world feel not quite as big and scary. We’re all in this together. I can’t wait to hear from you, to read your stories, and learn more of what it is like to walk in your shoes.
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