Lori Zecca, author
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Me, age 2. Where it all began.

Most of you won't want to hear this, but I haven't always wanted to be an author. Actually, my greatest passion is art of varied mediums, though it remains my treasured hobby and one I hope to devote more time to in the near future. But, for now, I write like crazy!

Why? I love it! I was (still am) an avid reader who wanted to change most everything I read. So, I challenged myself one day. Fine. Write something! And, I set out to do just that -- only -- sitting in front of my computer, I was not only stymied, but I felt as though I had no business attempting anything literary. Who was I to think I could write? I felt silly, stupid, self-conscious, and then ... oh what the heck, nobody has to read it but me. So, not knowing what to write, I just began with a stream of consciousness. When I was through, I was inspired! My creation was nothing short of spectacular in my nave judgment.

In retrospect, my writing wasn't half bad, but if nothing else, it got my mind working overtime. I've always been creative by nature, and rarely lacked the confidence to try something new, so ... I put my story idea's into my computer, told only a few trusted souls with my closet writing, and then one day my mom told me to check out something she had heard on TV -- ivillage, a website for women. It was there that everything started to click.

I networked through the Romance Readers and Writers board, connected with established, new, and aspiring authors -- branched out to other venues -- joined the Romance Writers of America (RWA), and all the while, I learned, absorbed, and craved any and all aspects of writing.

Fourteen months after that initial writing attempt, I attended my first national writer's conference in Washington, DC. My goal -- to see if I was even in the ballpark! I attended numerous workshops, listened to everything and anything, and literally walked around like a human sponge ... absorbing it all. I talked to virtual strangers, because we had at least one thing in common . . . writing women's fiction . . . and I learned so much from these nurturing individuals. I went home with far more than I ever expected to, and the icing on the cake -- a request for a manuscript from Silhouette! I was hooked.

But, (there's always a but!) I had a full plate of responsibilities at home to deal with. Namely, my husband and son, plus -- a household to run, and I was the Director of Sales and Marketing for a wallcovering buying group, and supplied three monthly industry newsletters. I was the head room mom of my son's fourth grade class, a co-Den leader for Pack 623 cub scouts, my husband traveled constantly, leaving me to sports practices and countless other activities, and I had to travel several times a year for my job as well. Whew! Oh, and we have a yellow Lab too, who's a big baby!

Somehow, (usually between the hours of 12 and 4 AM) I managed to write seven novels and after twenty-two months of writing (ten of those months querying publishers) I sold my first book!

Thus proving, anything is possible!



Some of my favorite authors are:

Barbara Delinsky, Kristin Hannah, Luanne Rice, Eileen Goudge, Nicholas Sparks, Mary Jo Putney, Jennifer Archer, Conny Bryceland, Nora Roberts, Maeve Binchy, and Sandra Brown. (Just to name a few of the many -- and in no particular order!)

My favorite music includes:

Eric Clapton, Don Henley, Counting Crows, Van Morrison, Eagles, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Natalie Merchant, Martina McBride, Lonestar, Mariah Carey, Jewel, Edwin McCain, Sarah McLacklan, Matchbox 20, and many more!

Favorite Movies:

The Big Chill
Up Close and Personal
The Love Letter
Splendor in the Grass

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Shameless Introduction ...

2001/2002/2003 by Lori Zecca