The Formal Version
Alyssa Alexander is an award-winning author who survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. Her books have been translated into multiple languages, received Top Picks from RT, Publisher Weekly Starred Reviews, and were nominated for RT Best First Historical and the Best First Book RITA®. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.”
The Informal Version
Like so many writers, I’ve had stories in my head since I was young. But no matter how supportive my family was, writing did not seem to be a viable career. And, you know, there was that one teacher in high school who told me I had no business writing a book.
I went on maternity leave in 2008 and decided I wanted to realize my dream of being an author. I buckled down to finish a manuscript, nursed with one arm while I wrote with the other, parented a baby through toddlerhood and into school, managed a household, worked with critique partners needing manuscript reads, was President, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor for my local romance writers group, developed a monthly accountability program for that group and headed it for almost three years, was on the Board of the Capital City Writers all-genre writers’ group, taught workshops at regional and national conferences, and attended books signings and author panels.
During that time, I sold four books to traditional publishers. I’ve had a full time job for 18 years, 16 with the same attorney. I only started working part-time in mid-2018, and I also freelance consult. I have a short story coming out in an anthology in 2019 and am working on my next book.
And I still work 25 hours a week at a day job I love.
How do I do it?
Organization, accountability and support.