What made me decide to be a writer?Â I can’tÂ remember when I wasn’t writing poems and short stories or story ideas bombarding my imagination.Â The person who encouraged me to write, butÂ I saw how little he made fromÂ his writing and that practical side of me kept saying, “Not now.Â Â Go for it later.”, was my grandfather.Â He gave me my first “How to Write” book, which I still have.Â When I finally felt I could go for thatÂ dream, without starving and putting a burden on my family, I left the corporate world ofÂ finance and picked up thatÂ dream ofÂ long ago.
How did I react when I got the “Call” and was told my first book was published?Â I was shocked it happened the way it did.Â I sent an e-mail to Triskelion, which included the Synopsis, on THE MISTLETOE AFFAIR and HIS FARM, HER CIRCUS, which is what theyÂ were renamedÂ later.Â I’m a night owl so I sent the two e-mails late at night, expecting to hear nothing for a long while or if they did write, expecting to have Triskelion request the first three chapters of each book.Â Surprise!Â Almost immediately I received an e-mail requesting that I send both manuscript files.Â I almost fell off the chair.Â I spent a lot of time reformatting the files to their specifications and sentÂ them. When the e-mail came in saying they wanted both books and were sending a contract onÂ them I wish I could say I was calm.Â I was anything but calm.Â I cried and pictured my grandfather, who never lived to see this, but I felt he knew what was happening to me at that moment.Â I remembered all the times he’d encouraged me not to wait too late in life to go after that dream and I whispered, “We did it, Granddad.Â You and me, we did it!”Â
Judith Gilbert/J Gilbert
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My name is Judith Gilbert. I have two romances published with Triskelion under Judith Gilbert– THE MISTLETOE AFFAIR, in paperback this December, and HIS FARM, HER CIRCUS. I have one paranormal vampire/witch romance published with Triskelion under J Gilbert–BLOOD HUNT: THE LEGEND, coming in paperback November 2007.