by Callie Hutton
Last week one of my students watched me typing away from his desk right next to me—a problem student, special seating and all—and asked the question I get every once in a while. “How do you become an author?”
I learned a long time ago not to laugh at that question, because even though it seems obvious to me—write a book—some people are really confused on how it works. You see, because it is actually a nebulous procedure.
You also must be a voracious reader. I always raise my eyebrows at someone who tells me they want to be an author and when I ask why type of books they like to read, they say, “oh, I don’t read very much.” I cross them off my list as credible future authors. If you don’t read – you’ll never write. Well, not anything that I would read, anyway.
Writing takes practice. Lots and lots of practice. Someone once said there are no great writers, only great re-writers. Again, if you have a fancy college degree, that doesn’t make you an author, even though you probably wrote a number of papers during your college career. It probably helps when searching for that right word, or knowing which form of a word to use. But nothing screams ‘author’ like staring at the blank screen of a computer, wishing something would come to mind.
And, until you sit down, write that book, finish it, then submit it to a publisher, you’re not an author. Scary, isn’t it?
She currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband and adult children who move in and out with alarming regularity. Add three rescue dogs and the household is complete—and full. She enjoys hearing from her readers, and would love to have you visit her.
The Elusive Wife by Callie Hutton
Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. However, he doesn’t remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn’t seen her since.
The fascinating Lady Olivia has captured the Earl’s attention. Newly arrived from the country to stay with her school friend for the Season, she is appalled to discover that her husband, Lord Coventry, doesn't even recognize her. She's not about to tell the arrogant arse that she is his wife. Instead, she flirts with him by night and has her modiste send her mounting bills to him by day.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… Too bad this woman finds her husband nearly irresistible.
Thanks to Entangled Publishing's helpful intervention, the Earl will gift a family heirloom charm bracelet of pearl and sterling silver to the individual who assists with the locations of The Elusive Wife!
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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 13 June 2013!