I think one of the most difficult times in my life was when my first husband passed away. I had twins in college and a teenager in high school with all the attendant problems. And I needed to work. We had gotten rid of the business but I needed to bring in some income.
A good time to start writing, you might say. Except I was smart enough to know that between having a story idea and selling it and receiving royalties too much time would have to pass. I needed money right then. And Fate was working behind the scenes.
I was hired at the University of South Florida to work in the fundraising office of their public television station. Surprise! The general manager was a man I’d met several years before under a different situation. He was single again and we somehow gravitated toward each other. And while we were reconnecting and “dating”, I bought my first computer, a Commodore 64 without a hard drive. Everything, including the operating system, was on floppy disks. As I sit here writing on my state of the art iMAC I wonder how on earth I ever worked on a piece of machinery like that.
I hauled out my spiral notebooks, somewhat the worse for wear, and started going through all my ideas for characters and plots, finally choosing a plot that excited me. I think I got as many as four chapters done on that story, each chapter on a separate floppy. All of which have since disappeared into space somewhere.
So there I was, working, taking care of my family and still trying to realize my dream of having a novel published. Sheesh! No one ever told me writing was HARD!
Eventually I moved into public relations at USF and from there to run the publications and public relations office for a private university. In my last few years they I discussed my dream with some of my co-workers and one of them even gave me a suggestion both for a plot and for a title.
Down it all went into another notebooks, to be used later.
In the meantime my “date” and I had progressed on our relationship and after two years we were married. He passed away two years ago but my time with him was the best ever in my life. More about that later.
But if you pick up my novel, Finding Julia, it’s based on my love story with David.
Tomorrow: Desiree Holt Day Four
Desiree Holt’s writing is flavored with the rich experiences of her life, including a long stretch in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her, many of whom might recognize themselves in the pages of her stories. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award for best BDSM book of the year, winner of two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit, multiple winner of the Whipped Cream Book of the Week Award and is published by five different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: “Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.”