I started with just an idea, a character really—Lady Mary Campbell. I believe that women in past times were no different in character, hopes and dreams than women are today. There have always been women who are happy to conform to the expectations of their times and there have always been women who did not. Perhaps because of their intelligence and curiosity, those who do not conform become bored with the role carved out for their sex and want more. So, they push the envelope of what is acceptable. I wanted to take a woman like that and look at her through the lens of Regency England. What would she do differently than the women of her age?
Authors do have more choices than ever: everything from print publishers to ePublished books (with a publisher) to self-published eBooks. I had been writing for about a year and a half when Racing With The Wind was nearing completion. Attending a few writers’ conferences and listening to other authors, I began to see that print publishing is a slow boat, in many cases taking years to get an agent and a publisher and then sometimes nearly a year for a contract and then more time to see your book in print. I was surprised so many budding authors are willing to take that route. Not me. Having already had a decades long career as a lawyer, I wasn’t in the mood for a long haul. Besides, even if you have a print publisher, you can be dumped if they decide your books aren’t selling or they go in another direction. I wanted my book out there. I considered the self-publishing route, but being a new author I thought I would benefit from a great editor. Though self-published authors can hire the expertise they need (editor, copy editor, formatter, cover artist) I liked the idea of all those services being bundled together with a great editor in the mix—and that is just what I got with Boroughs Publishing Group. My editor, Chris Keeslar is a veteran and has helped many authors make their work better. He certainly helped me.