My sixth grade teacher saw my gift of writing – first evidenced by the original poetry I brought to her. She posted my collection on a bulletin board and told me to never ever stop writing. Poetry has given way to other forms of writing – journal entries, sticky notes, web copy, editing, resumes, curriculum, technical manuscripts, letters, emails, newsletters, social media posts – some hastily scribbled, some artfully crafted.
Operation Desert Rose, my “great American novel”, was written mostly while in my pajamas with a baby on my lap. Inspired by friends who served in the first Persian Gulf War, writing it was an adventure and labor of love that became a tribute to those who served. The story spans three continents, multiple cultures – and more than two hearts.
Excited, I sent it to 30 publishers. A few responded. “We don’t publish anything set in that part of the world.” “We don’t do adventure novels.” “Sorry, we don’t do romance.” “No thanks, we don’t publish intrigue.” “Can’t do anything military based.” I told my husband I could probably re-write it publish in about 12 years. I boxed up the manuscript, set it on a shelf, and went on living real life. Years later – the internet changed the publishing world – and now, after a couple re-writes, Operation Desert Rose is published. Does that make me a “great American author”? What it would take to get this story on the “big screen”? If you read it… I’d love some feedback.
Years ago, I would wake up some mornings with complete story lines for novels in my head. For years, those plots were quickly obliterated by daily priorities and obligations – but no worries – I feel a new season for writing coming soon… it’s just round the corner…