By Elizabeth Otto
I am unorganized. Flighty. Forgetful. Moody. I procrastinate. I’m an introvert, and at times, become nearly manic in my need to create. Not necessarily such good traits, huh? Trust me; these lovely characteristics are things I’ve struggled with most of my life. Especially when it came time to embark on a career and you know, be an adult. I was always a good student and avid athlete, so naturally, my parents encouraged me to go to college and find a great career. They had expectations and dreams for me; so did I.
Little did I know how poorly the real world worked with a brain like mine. It was hardest while working odd jobs during college. Desk job? Nope. I couldn’t sit still. Restaurant manager? Ah, no—couldn’t stay organized. Bakery clerk, fitness assistant, elementary school aid, and bagel sandwich maker didn’t work out either. Because behind the responsible things I thought I was doing, was the tick in my brain that begged me to write. To celebrate the worlds and people in my head. To draw them with words, and let the creative pressure out.
My family didn’t expect me to be creative; they expected me to be successful. So, after a successful fourteen year stint working in medicine, I finally let the creative wings grow and spread. I’m still working in healthcare part time, but I’m the real me all of the time now. You know what? It feels pretty amazing.
I’m not the girl everyone thought I should be. And I’ll take a big guess that you’re probably not, either. Underneath your responsible adult layer might be another person—one who is waiting, patiently or otherwise, for you to give it freedom. You never know; you might find creative and successful are the same wonderful thing.
About the Author:
Elizabeth writes steamy contemporary and paranormal romance by day, and works as an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate by night. The night shift provides never-ending fodder for plots, characters and story lines! When not creating characters or saving lives, she wrangles three demonic children and tends to her heirloom garden in the beautiful Midwest.
Check out Elizabeth’s newest release, One Night with a Cowboy
Jobless, broke, and struggling to support herself and her invalid mother, paramedic Sophie Miller doesn’t have time or energy for a relationship. Especially with her mother’s clock ticking down. So when the sexy cowboy she meets at a carnival proposes a no-strings, one-night stand, she’s all over it. Until her one-night stand shows up again and turns out to be everything she’s ever wanted.
Tucker Haywood has his hands full running Paint River Ranch and trying to deal with all the changes pulling the rug out from under him. His past has taught him it’s better to keep women at arm’s length, for their sake. Stubborn and temperamental, Tucker doesn’t have a clue how to deal with a city girl who’s scared of squirrels and dirt.
So when Sophie gets under his skin, he has to do whatever it takes to push her away. Even if it means losing the part of himself he never thought he’d find.
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