Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Going Inactive

Alright.  I've done it.

I've made it official that I'm a full-time writer... at least for now. 

I've been a lawyer for many years, but lately I haven't been practicing law.  That originally wasn't by design, but the way I practiced--real estate transactional law on a project basis--became impossible to do when the economy tanked.  I looked around for quite a while, but I was mostly unable to obtain projects the way I wanted to do them, and I didn't want to do anything else.

In the meantime, I stepped up my writing career and loved it!  I've already talked here about all the different directions I'm going in and others I'm trying, and I'm having a great time with it.

Plus, I've already had one novel published this year--Teacup Turbulence, my fifth Pet Rescue Mystery, which followed the December release of Covert Attraction, a Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel.  I have two Harlequin Nocturnes being published this year, and my new Superstition Mystery Series begins in October with Lost Under A Ladder.

And so, this year, when I had to renew my law license, I went inactive.

That doesn't mean I can't go back to active status someday if I change my mind.  But at least for now, I'll keep on writing... all the time!

How about you--have you changed careers?  If so, was it originally intentional or not?


Dee W said...

I was a retail store manager, the store closed, all of them in my division did, and I just couldn't find another position that interested me. I wanted something not quite so intense, but each place said, well, you wouldn't be happy just being an employee. Yes I would. So now I'm the go to for all kinds of things. And when it snows, I can stay home!

Gigi Pandian said...


I was surprised to learn, during a recent sabbatical as a full-time writer, that I don't *want* to be a full-time writer all the time! I took the sabbatical to meet a book deadline, but it was too isolating for my taste. Plus I learned I'm only creative for a few hours at a time, not the entire day. That was a GREAT lesson.

Sounds like you already know you love writing all the time -- have fun!

Tracy Weber said...

Congratulations, Linda!