My Life as an Author

In a former life, I was a chemist. For years my writing consisted in detailing standard operating procedures or outlining contracts in a concise, straight to the point approach. When I started writing romance, I had to learn how to plot a story and present it from a specific point of view. Workshops, mentors, critique partners, contests taught me to hone the difficult art of writing and find my voice.

Nothing beats a specific daily to-do list prepared the night before to keep you motivated. Crossing out items on my list gives me a sense of achievement.

As soon as I jump out of bed I check my emails for anything important. My morning is then dedicated to various activities, errands, and chores. Walking, exercising, grocery shopping, etc… By noon, I am back at my computer browsing Internet, reading blogs and leaving comments, and advertising my books on Twitter and Facebook. It’s my promotion time. The afternoon and evening are for writing, revising, editing.

I love visiting new places but traveling was never a complete vacation for me, more like a research for interesting stories. Armed with my camera and a notebook, I traveled to more than fifty countries, snapped a gazillion of pictures and scribbled my impressions.

My inspiration sprouts from real life and people around me—they supply a rich canvas of plots and conflicts—and also from my traveling to fascinating places.

I live day by day and write what I feel passionate about; contemporary romances, romantic suspense novels, medical romances set in the various states where I lived, or the country I visited, France, Russia, Greece, even a paranormal romance based on Egyptian mythology.

Most of my heroines have high educational background and solid scientific careers, as I had. They also face difficult obstacles in their lives. But the similarities end there and the romance is specific to each heroine.

My biggest challenge is promoting my books. No one ever warned me that I would have to learn such an amount of technology to be able to sell my stories. I am lucky to have a computer guru at home who taught me to create website, blogs, trailers, book covers, newsletters,…

I always plot everything I do or write, and continuously create new to-do lists. Although I believe I can influence my future or help shape it through my work and actions, I don’t think I can plot it in the true sense of the word. One can always dream and hope that dreams will come true.

Writing is my shelter. Hiding in my own world, I create people I love. With imagination and patience, I force them to overcome their inner conflicts, fight obstacles and make love triumph.

Most writers are continuously plagued with self–doubt and need non-stop cheering to boost their morale and stimulate their muse. The reviews and praise I receive from reviewers and fans reassure me that I have written beautiful romance stories they love.

The life of a writer is a lonely battle waged against oneself, but we are lucky to bond with other authors through writers’ loops. My writer colleagues share and understand my struggles, lend support when needed and cheer my successes and joys. The daily exchange of emails resulted in solid cyberspace friendships and allowed me to publish multi-authors boxed sets of novels with other writers.

CoverFinalMD-WeddingSurpriseThe most recent boxed set co-authored with the Main Street Authors is Wedding on Main Street and my contribution is Wedding Surprise that is not published on its own yet.

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17 Responses to My Life as an Author

  1. stephaniequeen says:

    Mona, you always impress me with the exciting life you’ve led! All the traveling you do to this day sounds enticing to me, and it obviously inspires your writing. Keep it up!

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    • monarisk says:

      Hi Stephanie, my “exciting” life was always made of hard work and perseverance. The traveling came as fringe benefits so to speak. It was fun to discover new places but on the long run it became tiring. LOL

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  2. leighmorgan1 says:

    I am constantly impressed with the projects you’re able to complete. I love to travel and it always adds to life so that impacts writing. Can’t wait until I can do more. Such wonderful places you’ve visited!

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    • monarisk says:

      I think now it’s easy to travel and discover countries we would have never thought of going to, like Iceland or Greenland. If it wasn’t for a Cross-Atlantic cruise I would have never known how beautiful Iceland is or how terribly cold Greenland is–the place where the Titanic sank. We even saw several icebergs.

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  3. I have to say that you are an amazing woman! I’ve been lucky to meet her in person, and she’s tiny compared to me, but she’s a bundle of energy to get all that she does done. I wish my hubby could help me with computer issues. He doesn’t even know how to turn one on and doesn’t plan to learn anytime in this lifetime. At least I don’t have to worry about him fooling around on my computer. LOL

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    • monarisk says:

      Pepper, I’d be lost without my patient husband. But I’m a good student and learn quickly. LOL You must have forgotten your glasses the night we met. ROL! Tiny???? How I wish.

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  4. I aim to travel as much as you have been able to, so far. I remember when I was young people told me to wait to have kids until I was older, because then I could travel. At the time I thought, “But, I am young and broke, who can afford to travel?” LOL Not that having a kid was any less expensive, of course, but now when I do get to travel I have someone really cool to travel with!

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  5. monarisk says:

    Kelly, it’s great that you can take your son and enjoy the traveling with him. When I started traveling my kids were already in college and not interested in coming with us.

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    • Carol says:

      We’ve traveled a good bit, but not as much as I’d have liked. You amaze me in your daily schedule. I’m busy 18 hours a day, still I leave items on my to-do list. My hubby is like Pepper’s, he has no desire to learn computing. Wish he did, I’d put him to work on marketing. lol

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  6. Joan Reeves says:

    Mona, I’m a list maker too. Just makes me feel as if I have a handle on the day if I know where to start.

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  7. susanrhughes says:

    The international settings in your books give them an exciting quality. Keep up the good work.

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  8. E. Ayers says:

    There’s a lightness about your stories that make them great for reading. And the settings are always wonderful!

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  9. monarisk says:

    E. you made my day.

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