101 reasons to be a writer
By Rachael Johns
Thanks so much to Cindy for having me on your fab blog today.
I have had a few jobs in my life – check out chick (which I actually quite enjoyed), teacher (which had its good points), camp cook (I got fat), Au Pair, copywriter, library assistant (best job after writer) and I’m sure there are more I’ve forgotten, but the best of all, is being a writer. (And we’re talking paid jobs here cos the best non-paid job is being a mum. It has so many rewards – no one would do it if it didn’t). Anyway, I digress. Today I thought I’d share with you all the reasons why I think it’s fab to be a writer. Would absolutely love you to add your own reasons in the comment section:
- You can be your own boss, choose your own hours.
- You can use up all the kids’ names (for characters) that you didn’t get to use because you didn’t have enough kids.
- You can hang out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Johns/260103224001776) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/RachaelJohns) and it’s actually considered work.
- Books are tax deductible.
- You get to choose your own uniform – I wear as little as possible in the summer and comfy pjs with fluffy slippers in the winter.
- You get to choose your office – I often write in bed with my electric blanket in the winter J
- You can work your own hours. Especially good when you’re a mum – being a writer means I can work school hours and pop out for assemblies, concerts, sports days, etc when they crop up!
- Reading is research/work!
- Looking up hot blokes on the Internet is ALSO research. I can’t think of many other jobs where you can say that J
- You get to kill off your enemies. The first story I ever wrote was actually semi-autobiographical and I gave the boy who broke my heart a horrific disease from which he died. Hey, I wouldn’t really want him dead, but this was nice therapy.
- You get to be God of your own universe – see point 10.
- The people you meet – through writing, Twitter, Romance Writers organisations, Facebook, my blog and readers, I have met some amazing people, many of whom have become really awesome friends.
- It’s fun to be able to write Professional Liar on the census form.
- You get to go to writer’s conferences, have fancy lunches with editors/agents and drink pretty cocktails with fabulous women!
- You get to travel – see reference to conferences above.
- The buzz you get seeing you’re a cover for the first time is like nothing else.
- Okay maybe the buzz of seeing your book in an actual shop is on a par with 16.
- Getting fan mail or messages on Facebook from readers who loved your books can’t make you feel as if you can conquer the world.
- Meeting readers at book-signings/talks is so much fun.
- You get to experience other careers by giving them to your characters.
- You get to experience exotic locations – either in your imagination or because you need to “research”.
- Okay… so I need a little help now! Would love to hear from other people with the same career (book reviewers welcome too) on reasons you think you have the best job in the world.
Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner by day, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer by night. She rarely sleeps. She writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Australia and Carina Press. She lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training. Rachael loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website at www.rachaeljohns.com or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachael-Johns/260103224001776)
Rachael’s latest book is STAND-IN STAR from Carina Press (link). She wrote most of this book from the comfort of her electric-blanket-heated bed and enjoyed traveling to Rodeo Drive on Google Earth. One day she hopes to visit America for real and if you buy her book, this dream might happen quicker. You can read an extract here: http://rachaeljohns.com/files/chapteronestar.pdf
STAND IN STAR
January 7thst 2013, Carina Press
As an anthropologist, Holly McCartney is more comfortable in a museum than shopping on Rodeo Drive. She isn’t prepared for the media frenzy on her arrival in L.A. to accept a posthumous acting award for her late sister….or for her sister’s gorgeous friend Nate Devlin to come to her rescue. Though he resents her for some reason, she can’t fight their irresistible chemistry—especially when the paparazzi force her to stay at his mansion.
Photographer Nate only agrees to help Holly survive Hollywood for her sister’s sake, but she soon gets under his skin in a way no other woman has. The more time he spends with her, the more his attraction grows and he finds himself opening up to her in ways he never expected. But will ghosts of the past stand in the way of their perfect Hollywood ending?
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