First Sight is the first book that I've published, but it wasn't the first book that I ever wrote. I started my very first novel about six or seven years ago. I had a great idea, excitedly told a few people about it, created an outline, starting writing...and never finished it. I still have my first draft, but I just couldn't get the storyline to go where I wanted it to. I plan to revisit it someday, because I still think it'd be a fun Chick Lit book to read.
When I had the idea for Maddy and Travis's story, I started writing and couldn't stop. I'd come home from work and write late into the night. I'd spend time on weekends, vacations, and even occasionally my lunch break if I had an idea that I just had to get down on paper. I started writing First Sight more than three years ago. I stopped working on it for a period of time after my daughter was born, and I've spent most of this year rewriting, revising, and editing it.
Some of my friends and family remembered that I was writing a book, some I'm sure forgot over the years, and some had no idea that I was ever interested in writing a novel. I was a technical writer and editor for ten years before publishing First Sight, and my English degree has a nonficiton writing and editing concentration. I'd always planned to write a novel someday though and am happy I continued to pursue this dream until the right idea for a story came along.