Have you ever had one of those ‘things’ you’ve been meaning to do, something tucked away for a rainy day? Perhaps a half-finished knitted scarf, or a new author you’ve yet to read. (I’m not hinting, I promise!)
In my case, Her Dark Guardian was one of those things
‘tucked away.’ A story I’d written eight years ago, mostly to hone my craft for writing competitions. (And yes it did very well).
So I wrote the first chapter and loved it. But somewhere along the way I got sidetracked with other writing projects and Her Dark Guardian gathered dust. I did return to it from time to time, at one point I even turned that first chapter into a paranormal romance (think vampires).
In hindsight, changing its genre was a mistake. This book was always meant to be a contemporary romance. Was always meant to have a brooding artist hero and an emotionally scarred model heroine…this book was always meant to be written.
I have to say it’s quite an accomplishment to see something lying around and picking it up to turn it into something shiny and worthwhile. A story with seemingly real people. A story whose characters had something to say, something that needed to be heard.
But most of all, a story where unshakeable love and overcoming seemingly unconquerable fears is all part of the package. A story of second chance love.
Kane Sampson and Lacey Morgan share feelings for one another that distance or time can’t corrode. A love that has already been put to the test and survived.
I too survived the challenge of rewriting this story and finally typing The End. And I’m so glad I did! I feel privileged to be sharing this Valentine’s anthology with Christina Phillips and Karen Stivali, and beyond happy our stories were published with Tule!
What about you? I’d love to hear of your triumphs (big or small) from any projects that have been picked up and dusted off, and made to shine.
About the Author
Mel Teshco’s gypsy-like upbringing saw her living in many places along Australia’s east coast. Each new home stimulated an already over-active imagination, where she spent as much time dreaming about fantasy worlds as the real world – the fantasy sometimes being much better.
Now living on a beautiful rural property with views of the mountains keeping her two horses, three cats and one hyperactive Belgian shepherd happy, she is happily married with three gorgeous girls and two cheeky grandchildren.
She is a multi-published author with a love of the written word along with a short attention span that sees her juggling a variety of genres and heat levels in her stories. From contemporary to paranormal, inspirational to erotic, she hopes there’s a little of something for every reader out there to enjoy.
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