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  • My first novel started with a mole. Yes, a MOLE - a freckle, a birthmark, whatever you want to call it.
  • I was at the pool with my daughter getting ignored by our swim instructor when a lifeguard with a particularly ripped abdomen walked by. He stopped to flirt with one of the female lifeguards and my eyes flew directly to an adorable mole on the top can of his six-pack.
  • "How cute!" I thought (among other things). "He looks like a character in a romance novel!"
  • So I went home and started writing fiction for the first time. That was over a year ago and I still haven't been able to stop. GRAVY is the story of a suburban housewife who wants another baby, but gets a man with a mole instead.
  • GRAVY is now available on Kindle and Nook!

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February 25, 2009

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Janssen

Great post! I can't wait to see what you come up with this year!

cindy w

Good for you! I mean for both the book and starting your own business, that's awesome. I'm trying to get back to work myself because (a) we need money, and (b) I don't really enjoy being a full-time stay-at-home mom. And I must say, when I've admitted to some of the neighborhood SAHMs that I'm job-hunting, I've been getting more than a teensy bit of judgment thrown at me. Which, whatever. I don't believe that there's one perfect solution for every family. You do what's best for your family, and adjust as necessary over time.

AmyH

Good Morning! Hope you slept well.

Wonderful for you that you are figuring things out. I love that. I have been a WOHM from the start (taking 12 weeks off both times that I had a baby) and I will say that sometimes I feel more like a part time mom than I would like BUT I am always THRILLED to see my kids at the end of each day and spend the 3 hours or so before they go to bed making the most of it.

Best of luck on your new plans!

Carrisa

Dude I seriously cannot wait to read your book. Will you be hiring Fabio for the book cover? Or is it not that kind of book?

Shannon

This post is so cool, Amanda! I'm still in the early years of SAHM-hood, or at least the phase where I can't imagine going back to work. (My babes are 4 and 2, and I've been home full-time this entire time, though worked part-time/evenings for a couple of years before #2 was born.)

I stress out a LOT about wondering if I'll ever want to go back to work again, and if I don't, how will we live, etc. etc. etc. It's kind of amazing and refreshing to hear about your experience, and how you've surprised yourself by actually WANTING to make a foray back into work. Huh!

Thanks for a thought-provoking post! Good luck with the book!

Ariel

I'll never get sick of reading about writing, especially when the person writing is good at it =)

Jamie

Dude, would you get out of my head already? I can't TELL you how much I relate to this post!! Do you remember when we first quit our jobs and how excited we were to be the perfect parents at home with our boys? I haven't felt that way in a looooong time. I'm not even sure when that feeling waned, although I think the addition of an extra kid probably sped up the process. I often wonder what it would be like to re-enter the workforce, as my recollection was that I HATED being away from my child and I felt worn down and over-extended. I suppose doing something that one loves would be a different experience, though.

Kate

You make me feel so OK about being a working mom! I struggle with Mommy Guilt when I meet with the mommies from preschool at drop off and pick up time. I do get summers off (I teach) and cherish those times with my kids (4yrs and 5.5 yrs) but also am ready for September. Thanks for your writing! I've been keeping up with your blog for a few years now... LOVE IT. Can't wait to read your book.

Alison

I agree with Kate 100%. It's hard that I can't volunteer in my kids' classrooms the way the SAHMs can, BUT I would go insane if I didn't work. So, I think I have the perfect balance for our family. I teach 4 middle school math classes and I'm able to walk my kids to school every morning and get them off to a good start. And, we have all summer together (my husband teaches also), so that's wonderful. Of course, by mid-August we're all ready to kill each other so the beginning of the school year is always a nice change. :)

 rachel

Who's tired of hearing about the book? Not me!

Mary

I am so there right now. I stopped working when pregnant with my now 5 y/o daughter with the thought that I would go back to work when she went to first grade. Well that will be this fall and I am chomping at the bit to get back into something that is just for me (not being broke all the time will be a bonus). Now I just need to figure out what I want to do. I was a mental health counselor before and would prefer not to go back to that type of work.

Tiffany

Good for you! I have been a SAHM/daycare provider for almost 10 years nows. I feel your needs.

Patty

It's not a sad thing to admit! I am a WOHM Mom and have been since my son was 3 months old. I love, love my job. There is a lot of juggling involved, and some days are better than others (as they are with every motherhood situation) but I do treasure all the time I have with my little guy and have no regrets.

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com

Good for you! It sounds like the time away was both needed and deserved. I hope you have a chance to focus on some more me-stuff a little more often now =)

Maureen

Hey there! I found you from Amalah and love your blog! If you want a writer friend, give me a buzz--my book comes out this summer and I'm always looking for more writer peeps...who understand when I say how annoying it is to have characters all talking at once in your head.

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