Betsy Dornbusch, the author of Archive Of Fire: Sentinel worked as a full time mother. When I asked her which was the harder job she said, “They both involve dealing with unruly uncooperative characters.” Valerie Douglas, author of Song of the Fairy Queen says, “I was a supervisor for the testing lab of a retail electronics store, a software sales/installer, worked for a title agency, taught adult continuing education, and was a portrait artist."
Southern Romance writer Tom Williams, the author of A Slow Return to Skinny Dipping says, “I raise wine grapes. Not fancy but it pays the bills.” Mike Faricy, author of the hilariously funny Dev Haskell Detective Novels says, “ I worked for a bank, was in sales in the graphic arts forever, worked in XXX for ten years (No, the distribution side), ran a couple of my own businesses, oh, and I write. Like most of us it's too bad I have to sleep every so often.”
Polly Iyer who writes the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense novels, amongst other works “…started off as a fashion illustrator for Women's Wear Daily, switched to illustrating storyboards for TV commercials, then partnered an importing and design wholesale and retail business (home furnishings store), and last but best, writing suspense novels. It took me this long to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.”
Maria Kuroshchepova, the Russian/English translator and author of A Child in Translation: Ukrainian Vignettes tells me, “I work as a forecast data analyst for Bank of America. In addition to writing, I also translate, illustrate, design book covers, blog, review books and games, make art and jewelry, and help my husband run his business. CLEARLY, I need to find something for myself to do.”
So, there you have it. just a few hard working authors and what they did and in some cases, continue to do. Authors, writers, and scribes everywhere are not only hard workers, they are laborers, but a very important part of the work force. Happy Labor Day.