I’m Ava Bleu, author of contemporary and edgy inspirational romance, and I just want to know why things have to be so hard for writers?
If you are a lover of romance novels you have probably heard more than one author explain that they still have their day job because it is terribly hard to earn a living income as a romance novelist. And the fact remains that writers write because they must. Day job or not, a writer is compelled to write. Alcoholics have their wine. Food addicts have cake. Writers have writing. Okay, some of us also have wine and cake too, but that’s beside the point!
Writers need to live — pay mortgages, put our kids through puppy kindergarten, get our hair done — and these things cost money so we must work second jobs. Yes, the nine-to-five is the second job despite the fact that it is usually the only job bringing an income. The nine-to-five is not the job we love; it is the one that makes the job we love possible.
It’s much easier to understand when I put it in my own, personal romance novel terms: My nine-to-five is the husband I have fallen out of love with but must stay with because of the needs of the children (and by children I mean food, shelter, puppy kindergarten, and those hair appointments). The writing? Clearly, Lady Bleu’s scandalous lover. He’s gorgeous, he’s addictive, he’s a delicious, devilish rake. Sometimes he’s bad but he’s always good, if you know what I mean ;-).
I’m no harlot. I want to love my husband, but he doesn’t have my heart. The best possible solution would be if my scandalous lover could afford to keep me in the lifestyle to which I’ve become accustomed. Instead of buying him dinner and sustenance (paper, toner cartridges, time), maybe he could afford to feed me for a change. Instead of paying to dress him up all pretty with a website and postcards and a fancy new logo, maybe he could afford to get me something nice like an electric stapler or a tank of gas or, I don’t know … a shiny new savings account. An actual real vacation would look fabulous on me and would go a long way towards keeping my respect. I mean, you’d think he’d get tired of being a “kept” career and have the dignity to contribute a little more. Just sayin’…
But who am I kidding? Despite all he costs me, I would pay anything to keep writing. The joy it brings is priceless. So I will bite my tongue and pretend to love my day job for as long as it takes. And someday – one glorious day – my lover will find his financial legs and we will sail off into the great beyond leaving only a dear John resignation letter to end the nine-to-five commitment I once held so dear.
Yes, it seems cold. Yes, it’s reckless and scandalous and wicked. But let’s face it … the heart wants what it wants.
And when it’s all said and done, doesn’t everyone want just a little wicked?
Ava Bleu lives and loves in the Midwest, countering bitter winters with smooth jazz and tasty edibles. She can be found in bookstores and the public library camped next to the cookbooks and/or on the town keeping an eye out for hero-material.
Ava’s latest novel, Glorious Sunset (Blurb):
African King Taka Olufemi has traveled over four hundred years to find the woman who holds the soul of his murdered queen and he’s a little cranky. With a ruby brooch as his vessel, the former king is forced to grant wishes to ungrateful mortals hoping to one day find, and win, the heart of his lost love.
But it will take more than good looks, superior intelligence and an impressive pedigree to earn the love of Violet Jackson. The ambitious interior designer doesn’t remember Taka or their history. Love—with its inevitable heartbreak chaser—has no place in Violet’s immediate life plan. All the handsome “genie” can do for her is pony up on the three wishes he’s promised and try not to be a pain while he’s at it.
While the arrogant king is praying for his submissive queen and the faithless object of his affection isn’t praying at all, guardian angel, Aniweto, is praying for them both. With Ani’s help, Taka and Violet’s epic love will be rekindled and this royal couple-behaving-badly will finally earn their happily-ever-after through the grace of the Almighty.