Rebecca Tust talks about embracing the dream of writing again.
My kids are now eleven and fourteen. When they were younger, I stayed home during the day to avoid putting them in daycare. I worked a few nights a week waitressing to bring in a little extra money, but for quite a few years we buckled down and survived on one income. During that time, I wrote my first manuscript. I sent out dozens of query letters and attended writing conferences, hoping beyond hope that I would catch my lucky break. I discovered that breaking into the writing field was equivalent to winning the lottery. Yes, there may be some skill involved, but it’s primarily luck and timing.
As time went on, I was finally faced with the choice: return to my former profession with stability and a good income, or keep trying my luck with writing even though there was no guarantee. I remember crying as I gave up my dream of writing. I knew once I went back to work, I wouldn’t have time to pursue my dream.
Even though I hesitated going back to the therapy field, once I was back, it felt like I had never even left. I also realized that I still liked my profession and I was good at it. I liked helping people and I’ve always had a special connection to older people.
As the years have gone by and my children have become more self-sufficient, I started entertaining the idea of writing again. Fear and the possibility of rejection held me back. The explosion of e-readers has opened up a door to so many new, unpublished authors. In the past, it used to be the kiss of death if you tried to self-publish. Now it is not only acceptable, but many new authors have become quite successful. Hope started to grow inside of me again as I realized the possibility of being able to achieve my dream.
With working full time, it took me almost a year to write and edit Trail of Obsession. At first I found myself contemplating how I was ever going to get from thirty thousand words to ninety thousand words, but as you keep writing, the characters help guide the story as I continued to add scenes. As a writer, you pour a lot of your heart into the story. I hope readers will connect with the characters. I’ve enjoyed reading romance and suspense novels throughout the years and I wanted to combine my two favorite elements into a story. As much as I like suspense, I’ve always been partial to a good love story.
In closing, I’m so glad I had another chance to chase my dream. We don’t always know where life will lead us, but I’m happy with the choices I made.
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” – Beverly Sills
Megan Cartwright, a successful real estate agent, is content with her work-driven life. While out running on a popular trail in Palm Beach, Florida, she is attacked and left for dead. Even though it’s difficult, Megan is determined to get her life back on track. When Megan crosses paths again with Stephen Braun, the handsome Good Samaritan who helped save her, neither one of them are prepared for the intense attraction that sizzles between them. Megan finds she’s been given not only a second chance at life, but a second chance at love. With Stephen’s charm, patience, and support, he convinces the slow to trust Megan to take a risk on love again. As their relationship grows, neither one realizes that danger lurks around the corner. As a killer closes in on Megan as a target, Megan finds herself on borrowed time once again.
By day, Rebecca Tust works in the medical field as a licensed physical therapist assistant, helping elderly people get back to a great quality of life following a surgery or illness. She’s married with two kids, and live in Middletown, CT. When she’s not shuttling kids to practices, watching soccer games or gymnastic meets, she likes to read. She received a kindle for her birthday a few years ago and it opened up a whole new world to her. She’s fallen in love with so many new authors and their stories. It helped encourage her to chase her dream of writing as well.