The Evolution of an Author
by Susan Jean Ricci
Come enjoy the rapture of reading happily ever after, real-life stories, penned by authors who’ve dared to dream, taken risks to embrace love, and defy the odds of ever finding a soul mate.
My journey into the romance arena didn’t come easily, because I didn’t have the foundation for it until half a century of my life had passed, and I fell in love for the first time. My prior works consisted of political rants printed by our local newspapers, the injustices of how the physically challenged were treated by society (I have a handicapped brother, and this was twenty-five years ago), plus some mighty dark stories I’ll probably never publish.
I was, at that time in my life, a nonbeliever in romance – let’s leave it at that.
When my mother was dying from cancer after my second divorce, the bitterness left me, believe it or not, and my writing style changed. Without an outlet for my grief, I wrote an inspirational story about the beauty of life versus the ugliness of death, and submitted it to a contest in The Writer’s Digest. The piece won third place, and boosted me over the worst hurdle I’d ever had to scale.
If I were to write a blurb about what turned my life around for good, it would go something like this:
“Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it’s on her own terms. Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdoes she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back into her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo. Jay has the dating blues, too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it’s up to him to convince her it’s never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence.”
Yep, you guessed it – this is the blurb from my first novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, a fictionalized, nonfiction, and award-winning story of how I met my third husband Joe. How we managed to meld together, despite our memory cemeteries (historical baggage), and enter into a marriage, a place where neither of us had ever thought to journey again.
Fast forward eight years – I’m a huge believer of writing what you know, sprinkling that knowledge with mystery, fantasy, and most of all, humor. The joy of writing romance only entices the muse if its prose is honest and pure. For that, you need a partner who loves and spoils you. The kind who makes you feel like a cartoon character skipping along to music, while delicate butterflies and doves fly around your smiling face. Finding a person who accepts you for who you are—the F word kind—Fun, Fantastic, and Fierce— sent my demons straight where demons belong.
I’m also blessed to have a wonderful and supportive group of fabulous friends on social media – authors who’ve invited me to participate in their collections and anthologies—people who’ve shared their not-so-fun histories with me and are precious to me.
Last, but never least, huge hugs to my loving husband Joe, a patient and talented man who never wavers when it comes to brainstorming ideas, editing, giving me a boost (or boot), whenever one is needed, but most of all, for his devotion to me. Without him, none of my books would exist, nor would I be the person I’ve become without his tender influence – a Romance Writer.
Susan Jean Ricci is an International Bestselling & Multi-Award Winning Author. From Women’s Pens Author and Humorist, Best Selling Author Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy’s Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These cherished characters are first introduced in the novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in the sequel The Sugar Ticket. Their mischief making continues in these shorts: Two Miracles for Christmas, A Valentine’s Day to Remember, and The Blind Seer.
Most recently, Ms. Ricci’s stories have been included in the Enchanted Romances – Magical Passion Collection, the Sweet and Sassy Weddings – A Time for Romance Anthology, Sweet and Sassy Valentine Collection, Sweet and Sassy Christmas – A Time for Romance Collection and the Unforgettable Christmas – Gifts of Love (The Unforgettable Book 3) Collection. Her novella When Sailors Play as part of Uvi Poznansky’s Bestselling Anthology Love in Times of War. Her other titles are offered in the following anthologies: Unforgettable Heroes – Unforgettable Passion, and Sweet Heat – Where Love & Suspense Meet.
Ms. Ricci’s Christmas stories and novellas have been published in the beloved Annie Acorn Christmas Treasuries 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Other selections appear in Annie Acorn’s 2015 Valentine Treasury, Annie Acorn’s 2016 Romance Treasury, and Annie Acorn’s Spirited Tales 2015. All may be purchased as stand alone stories, as well as other her titles, including those smoking, hot novellas available in Ms. Ricci’s catalogue, The My Sexy Chef Series.
Susan Ricci and her husband Joe live in a beautiful town near the sea, and when time allows, they love to travel. Together they have seven children and ten grandchildren.
Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.
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