If you’re reading this, a big WELCOME and an even bigger THANK YOU for finding your way to my first blog post. If you’ve already had a look at my About page you’ll know that I’m an aspiring romance author. “Aspiring” because I’m not yet published. I’ve decided to start this blog to document my writing journey.
Why Romancing Monique? Firstly, because moniquehall.wordpress.com was already taken (annoyingly by someone who created the site in 2011 and hasn’t done a thing to it!). So I was forced to come up with something else. I happen to think Romancing Monique sounds much more…romantic, funnily enough, and it gives the reader an idea of what they can expect from me, not so much as a blogger, but as a writer.
But can I call myself a writer? Damn straight, I can. It’s taken me a while to admit this to myself. For a long time I haven’t felt worthy of the title. But, I write. Therefore, I am a writer. It was an issue discussed on one of the earlier Australian Writers’ Centre podcast episodes So You Want to Be a Writer? with Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait. I now have the confidence to admit this to myself. To everyone else? Well, that’s an issue for another blog post.
I first started writing a few years ago, however, I’ve dreamed of being an author ever since I was a child. Yet I never had the confidence or felt I had the imagination to actually come up with anything decent and I didn’t really know what I wanted to write. Even now, I get so intimated when I hear of authors penning their first novel at age 10. I suppose that’s why I’ve struggled with calling myself a writer.
I’ve always enjoyed reading romance novels though. I can remember picking up my first Sweet Valley High books at about eleven or twelve years of age, left lying around by my older sister. After I had children, I became a voracious devourer of the genre. They were a pleasant escape from nappies and vomit and laundry and pureed food. When my family visited a beautiful, tiny little town in WA’s south west, I started thinking about what a lovely setting it would be for a romance novel. So I decided to write it. And I am truly being romanced by this roller-coaster writing adventure.
If you’d like to read more about my writing woes and triumphs, especially if you’re just beginning your writing journey, then I’d love for you to sign up to follow my blog. I promise not to bombard your inbox with updates. Between working and parenting and writing, I won’t have time to blog every day. Once a week at the most and I’ll keep them short and sweet.
Thanks for reading!