Never the same thing twice (Almost Never).

   When one thinks about successful actors, writers or any sort of artist and the path they took to ‘make it big,’ rarely does it happen the same way twice.

   Let’s face it: Artists get ‘discovered’ in so many different ways, it would be impossible to nail down even a few formulas for everyone to follow.

   During the time I wrote “Whisked Away,” I merely glanced at the trailers for Julie & Julia because I’d already possessed a handful of ‘cooking’ films to refer to for my research. Well, tonight I watched the film for the first time.

Julia Child's Kitchen

Julia Child’s Kitchen

   “Julie & Julia” tells the story of two different women, each in her own time period, setting out to find themselves by way of writing and cooking, and cooking and writing.

Julia Child's Kitchen2

Julia Child’s Kitchen

   As you know, I’ve had an awful 2 + years, but I have to tell you that this film really inspired me.

   There are vast differences between me and Julie and Julia – for instance, they both have wonderful men in their lives who provide not only emotional support but monetary, where I don’t. (And that is only ONE of the many dissimilarities, trust me.)

   However, there are other parallels we share.

   We are women and (for what ever reason) we need to reinvent ourselves. That path is a long one (and for me, a lonely one) but if we keep our heads down, and remain focused on the prize, there is no stopping us – or anyone, for that matter.

   I could write twenty stories, have them published, and only a handful of people will ever read them.

   But you know what? Those few people who actually loved my stories were entertained – even if it only required a single evening for them to read a book of mine that took a year and a half from the first word I typed to the actual publication date.

   And I’m totally OK with that. I made someone smile, tear up or believe that the perfect kind of love DOES exist and CAN last.

   Yes, I’m struggling to keep a roof over mine and my son’s head, but my soul is fulfilled because I was able to entertain someone.

   That’s just me- how I tick. I’m not Stephen King, nor am I Nora Roberts. I don’t want to be. I can’t treat writing like a job, I love story-telling and entertaining too much. It’s my art, it’s what makes me unique.

   As Julie Powell wanted to meet Julia Child, perhaps someday I’ll be able to shake Julie Powell’s hand and thank her for inspiring me.

   Follow Julie Powell’s blog here

   Thanks for listening & reading ~


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PS – Here is this article as well:

Sexy Historical Romance Novels ~

Valentine's Day books interactive: a postcard of a couple, c 1920s

The best advise for new authors of any genre is, “Write a book you would love to read.”

This is why I write sexy historical romance novels. I enjoy reading and writing juicy plots and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. My stories will take you through the centuries of human history and intersect real historical characters, places and events with my fictional characters. 

Take a peek at my book pages where you can choose your favorite time periods:

A Touch of Destiny – 1880

Love Divine – 420 A.D.

Masterpiece – 1605

Oasis of Eden – 1923

Remember Me – 1889

The Art of Temptation – 1889

Sins of the Flesh – 1893

The Trouser Game – 1895

Unmasked – 1795

Whisked Away – 1892

Cat and Mouse – 1898

Joust of Hearts – 1501

Scarlet Letters – 1896


At the bottom of each link you will find the Genre (and sub-genres) of each novel in this shade.

By the way, all titles are available on Amazon.


Now just for fun, check out my future publications:

Speaking of fun, here is this: In order to enjoy deGrey’s books, one must have: A sense of humor, enjoy reading about heroines who defy convention (like Scarlet O’Hera & Lizzy Bennet), the ability to briefly access your brain’s suspension of disbelief, a comprehension level that is high enough to follow intricate plots and character arcs, and a deep love of romantic FICTION.

Have I challenged your intellect yet? 🙂 Are you ready for a fun and exciting journey into romantic historical fiction?

Let’s go!

Happy reading!