This is the same thing you may have read on my Amazon page or my Goodreads page. I've chosen to keep the message consistent. If you just randomly stumbled across the blog,
Hello and welcome! I hope you find something of interest or chuckle worthy, encouraging or uplifting. And I hope you'll come back.
So a little about me...
My husband and I have been married for twenty-one years and we have three adult children, the youngest of whom recently joined the U.S. Navy! Needless to say, we are very proud.
We've lived in Texas for fifteen years and in Nebraska for several years before that while my husband was in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha. I was born and raised in Southern California and was a real live Valley Girl. That is to say, I actually lived in the San Fernando Valley, although I wasn't the quintessential Valley Girl. I have a four legged grand-baby who will be going to live with my youngest daughter very soon. I'm looking forward to being pet-free again.
So if you and I were sitting down to coffee, cocoa, tea, or cocktails, what would I tell you about myself?
My earliest memory of reading is of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh and Miriam Young's Miss Suzy, along with the great Dr. Seuss books. Books like The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon, The Little House on the Prairie series, and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind were staples of my growing up years. In high school, I discovered romance, reading both Danielle Steele and Silhouette's teen romance line at the same time. I also love biographies, history, and large coffee table picture books. If any of those get combined, so much the better.
I remember doing a little bit of writing as a child, including a comic book character I called Crazy Cat. Junior high and high school netted only school assignments and diary entries.
Then life and work and children and work happened. I continued to read, but writing wasn't even on my radar until somewhere around the 2000. We were pretty broke and I was a fast reader and I went through the interesting books in the local library fairly quickly. My husband suggested I get on the Internet and read fan fiction. The family was watching Star Trek: Voyager at the time, so that's what I searched for. And then somehow the TV show JAG was on my radar and I was hooked, both on the show and on fan fiction and JAG websites and fandom in general. But as I read and read and read all this JAG fic that was being poured into the 'Net, I realized how truly awful a lot of it was. Poorly written. Grammar. Spelling. Punctuation. And other aspects of writing I had no idea about at the time. At some point, I decided I could do better. And so I started to write.
One day, a fellow fan girl (from yet a different show) said she was going to a Romance Writers of America meeting and asked if I wanted to go. And that was it. I joined the local chapter and then the national organization and I started to learn about writing romance novels. That was back in 2003. All these years later, I've missed maybe a handful of meetings and have served in almost all board positions. I've met so many wonderful writers and made some wonderful friends.
Am I published author, though? Yes and no and sort of.
My home RWA chapter sponsored an anthology for two of its major anniversaries, the 25th in 2008 and the 30th in 2013. I have a short story in each one of those. I don't usually count them as official writing credits to consider myself a published author, but if you want to count two books with my name on them, then yes. If you want to count the 275K+ words of fanfic I've written, in over 100 stories of varying lengths from 100 words to 88K+ words, across 10 different fandoms, that have all been published out on the Internet and been read by people, then yes. If you want to count the series of Romance Writers Guide books I'm working on, the first two of which are self-pubbed, then yes, I am a published author. But if you want to count a real live romance novel, then sadly, no, I'm am not yet a published author. But I'm working on it. Still. One of these days--hopefully a day in 2015--I'll achieve that goal.
If you want to follow my life's journey, I blog Monday, Wednesday, and Friday almost without fail. I don't blog about writing (as in a blog for writers about writing) or politics or religion, I blog about life. Mine particularly, what's going on in it, my struggles and victories and goings on.
As a side note, I don't tweet, I'm not on LinkedIn, or Tumblr, or much of anything else, except Facebook and that's only for family or close friends. I am now on Pinterest though. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My author pages:
My Amazon page: amazon.com/author/jenfitzgerald
My Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7516984.Jen_FitzGerald
Love, Texas Style, 2008: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Texas-Style-Nancy-Connally/dp/1601541996/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389455229&sr=8-1&keywords=love%2C+texas+style
Deep in the Hearts of Texas, 2013: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/318132