The Riders are delighted, excited, thrilled and blessed to welcome a new regular member to the crew, Roxanne Rustand. Roxanne is a veteran author with tons of titles under her belt for Harlequin Superromance, Love Inspired and Steeple Hill. She’s multi-talented, multi-award winning (in fact, she’s an RT Reviewers Choice nominee this year!!) and just one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Please join us with a warm welcome for Rox!
I was staring at the header of this blog, debating about what to write in my post, when I realized that each one of the wonderful authors on this blog have influenced my own writing journey so much–whether through friendship, the wonderful books they’ve written, or the writing workshops they’ve given over the years.
My very first writer’s conference was in Minneapolis during the early-to-mid 1990′s, and at the end of the day, the published authors stood at the front of the room and fielded questions. I remember feeling such awe at seeing them–real, live authors! They’d achieved what I hardly dared dream of doing. Kathleen, Lois and Betina were among them that day, and when they each shared a bit about their own road to being published, it made me realize that perhaps it was possible to make dreams become reality.
We live out in the country, and my office windows look out on our wood-fenced corrals and the pastures beyond, where our horses are standing slant-hipped in the cold winter sun. Across the fence, a few beautiful, wildly marked paint yearlings and two-year-olds are romping in the neighbor’s pastures–providing no end of amusement to our border collies, who are safely contained on our deck.
Fluffy old Harold likes to watch, and then he takes a good long nap to rest from his exertion.
But Elmo is a study in total concentration. Head low, ears pricked, body crouched, he’ll stare at them endlessly, his intensity deepening each time they scatter.
Our son Brian says we need to buy two sheep, so Elmo can spend his days keeping them together. He’s a dog who thinks he’s on a mission–but one without a job. Which got me thinking. Elmo knows what he is and what he needs to do. He never loses sight of that, even though he can’t ever get close to anything he can herd.
What about the rest of us…were we blessed with direction and determination from childhood? Have we followed through? Or did we discover our true desires later in life? Our daughter is already determined to be a writer. I have no doubt that she has the drive and ability, and that she can reach her goal if she stays on that course. I didn’t start dreaming about becoming a writer until our kids were in grade-school…and wish I’d thought of it much, much sooner.
How about you? What would you love to do? Have you followed your heart? Become what you want to be? Is there something you could do toward that goal now, even if it can’t be achieved any time soon?
P.S from Cindy – Rox wasn’t even going to promo her latest release but I made her send me a cover of her November release, Duty To Protect )
You can read more about Rox at her website: