The road to becoming a self-published author is often lonely and full of hurdles, and one of the strongest motivational forces us indies have is our community.

I want to tell you the story of how I became a self-published romance author.

Sometime in 2011, I passed the bar exams, and for a year I was the happiest little drone in the second largest law firm in my country.

Then something happened. I got bored, my soul was screaming for something more. I survived a total of 3.5 years before leaving the world of corporate law and moving into non-profit management.

It was better, but something was still missing.

Cue sitting depressed on my couch every night playing Chapters on my phone. The romance stories, obviously.

One of the stories I played was the Dare to Love series by Mira Lyn Kelly, specifically the second book, Touch & Go, which had me running to buy a Kindle because if it was that good in a damn game the actual novel must be amazing.

And it was. Kelly’s books, and later Lauren Layne’s as well, made my brain light up on fire and all the characters always lurking around jump up and start yelling at me to write them down.

Those two women prompted me to start my journey, gave me the courage to find my own unique voice and shout out to the world, and I often return to their books when I’m in need of an inspiration boost.

This was in 2019, and I have never looked back.