Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Write Stuff

This morning my husband, mom and I went to 8:15 church, heard a wonderful sermon on prayer by Pastor Rebecca, and came home. Pretty typical Sunday morning, though sometimes dh and I hit Walmart after church because it’s less crowded then.

We deviated from the norm a bit and took a walk before our usual waffle brunch (husband cooks). When we got back, my mom was paging through the annual ‘What People Earn’ issue of Parade Magazine.

“Stephenie Meyer earned $50 million last year,” my mom informed me, adding didn’t I have any bestseller young adult ideas in my arsenal….

According to past interviews with Meyer, she dreamed the idea for her uber successful “Twilight” novel.

After re-watching the movie “Speed” last night, I dreamed I was locked in a room with a group of people. The room was slowly filling with poisonous gas, and we all had to breathe through nose plugs.

I think it’s been done. And if not, I don’t wanna write it.

At about age ten, I realized a career as a musical comedy star on Broadway required talents I lacked. So I decided to follow in the footsteps of Jean Kerr, Shirley Jackson and my mother.

Though my freelance income is closer to that of the switchboard operator from Erie, Pennsylvania (whose salary is also listed in the magazine) than to Meyer’s, it was a good decision.

My mom has had more than 50 books published, and our 29th together comes out this summer.

I sing in the shower, stumble my way through zumba class, and sit down every day at the computer…grateful, grateful, grateful.


  1. I think 29 books is pretty amazing!

  2. OMG nobody I know has ever heard of Jean Kerr. I loved her stuff. You must too. See, another similarity. How amazing to have 29 books. I know the money often stinks for the amount of work but jeez. I'm still praying for a book on the dollar shelf at Big Lots. IS that too much to ask?

    Loved the post. Blessings. B

  3. I love her too! And no, not too much to ask!
    Thanks for your kind words!

  4. Just for the record, "Stumblin' Through Zumba" sounds like a great light comedy book title to me!

  5. Hi, I just came over from facebook to your site. I'm a writer, too, and will be at Cedar Lakes this weekend for the writer's conference. Wow, the number of books you two have written is wonderful! I have my first MG under contract!I am impatient, tho, and it will probably be 2 1/2 yrs before it is on the bookshelves. :(