Courage is Making a Choice

When I first started writing Saved by the Dark, I was a happily married woman with two beautiful children. I had written other stories, but this was my first try at something steamy. I was an avid romance reader who could devour up to three books in a single day if I had the time and freedom. So what could go wrong?

I was about halfway done writing the book when I found out that while I was happily married, my partner was not. Months of arguments and anxiety followed. I dropped everything to try to figure out where things went wrong and how to fix them. Unfortunately, I was the only one interested in that. The usual anger and self-doubt followed. For over a year, the thought of writing a romance in any form turned my stomach.

Then I made the choice to start my life new. I was a single mom. I had a well-paying job(Thank God). It was easy to coast and be reactive. I didn’t just want to survive. I wanted to do more than exist; I wanted to thrive. My dream of becoming a published author was something only I could do something about. If I wanted to retire early and write full time, it would take hard work. In order to do that, I had to start writing again.

My first attempt at starting back up the book was a disaster. My anger at men was not gone yet, and so everything was falling flat. I tried writing other genres and slowly got back into the swing of things. The writing wasn’t good; it was cathartic nonsense that will never see the light of day, but helped reignite my passion.

I came back to the characters I had loved with new eyes and started Saved by the Dark over. It still has the original heartbreaking history for Pixie and the swoony dominance of Sharp, but the story changed. Instead of a basic damsel in distress story, I made it about the heroine’s impossible choices. Some people may not connect with the choices she made, but in the rewrite I found what I had been missing. Horrible things can happen to us, but it is our choices in those moments that define who we are. It doesn’t mean that everything will go smoothly, but it does mean that we are not victims. We are survivors.

Making my dream a reality isn’t going to be easy. I’ve chosen to give up TV and several smaller things to give myself the time to focus on writing without sacrificing financial stability or time with my children. I went through the query trenches and submitting direct to publishers. When I got the acceptance letter, I almost didn’t believe it. Now I have one book out, another coming in May, and a third slotted for July. In each of the books, I explore women who are in horrible situations and through their choices find a way into both love and happiness. Yes, their rough and tough men help, but to me the real stories are about these amazing women finding their strength and HEA.

I have seven book planned for the Dark Sons series each action packed romance will contain unique strong women who overcome hardship to find their inner strength. They also find love and support from their men and the unique found family that is the Dark Sons MC. I hope you will enjoy reading each journey as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Ann Jensen Books

Writer of Steamy Romance. Part time author, full time engineer and single mom. Enjoying life and trying to find my write life.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Susan

    Hi I loved your book. I read it in one go. Went looking for the next one to find there wasn’t one as yet. I’m looking forward to reading the next one. I like the twist that even though they are old ladies to be the have to pay if they break the rules. You are now on my list.

    1. Ann Jensen Books

      Thank you so much! It makes me so happy to hear you enjoyed my writing. I hope you will check out book 2 it comes out March 12th!

  2. Laura

    Im so happy to find a new author to read! I’ve read all of your books and have found I can’t put it down once started. I’m looking forward to reading more.

    1. Ann Jensen Books

      So glad you are enjoying the series! I love writing them. I’m about 1/2 way through writing book 4 Max’s story 🙂

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