Why did you decide to enter your manuscript in the GH Contest?
Honestly, I won a chapter drawing. That was the deciding factor. I hoped I was very close to selling, the manuscript was already with Harlequin. But I won the entry fee, waiting until the last minute to enter (just in case). But no word, so I sent it in. Two days after I dropped it in the mail, I received THE call. Too late to withdraw and because it wasn’t a contract, SEE JANE RUN was still eligible. SJR actually went on sale electronically as Hill Country Holdup the same night it won the GH. And I’d already experienced the sale of my second book .38 CALIBER COVER-UP.
How has being a GH Finalist/Winner affected you as a writer? The acknowledgement of the final, helped give me confidence to trust my instincts. I’d re-written the story to fit the way I wanted, instead of relying on others to guide me. The win was a super plus to my confidence. I’m still a paranoid writer, always doubting whether my writing is good enough. But being a winner helped give my husband ammunition: “Honey, YOU’RE the one who wrote the book. Trust yourself.” Sometimes, my guy’s pretty darn smart.