When I was a young thing, I wanted to be a writer. I also wanted to be a zoologist traipsing through the Serengeti, and I wanted to be a crew member on Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso. They were all related, because of course I would write about all my adventures.
However, it turns out that I’m terrified of snakes, which are found…everywhere out-of-doors, except maybe the north and south poles. And I get seasick. A lot. And every time I go underwater with a snorkel, I flounder around like a beached whale. This is quite amusing to my nephews, but not very helpful for underwater exploration.
I can’t complain, though; I feel very grateful to have the whatever it is that makes me a writer. I lucked out, I’m certain. In Taming an Impossible Rogue, out tomorrow, the heroine knows exactly how her life is going to turn out. Camille Pryce is pretty, from a respected aristocratic family, and she’s been promised in marriage to a marquis since she was a toddler. However, her fiancé never bothered to actually meet her, her parents don’t care about her concerns, and she doesn’t want to live the remainder of her life as everyone else has planned it. The result is a huge scandal – and perhaps at the end of it, the life she wanted without even realizing it.
My sister always wanted to be a nurse, while my other sister and I kept telling her that she’d be a great teacher. Well, she’s been a teacher for more than twenty years now, and she’s finally admitted that while it wasn’t what she thought she wanted, she’s happier now than she would have been otherwise.
Are you doing now what you dreamed of doing as a kid? Or have you realized that maybe you weren’t quite thinking things through? Any almost lion tamers or astronauts out there? Are you going to go get Taming an Impossible Rogue tomorrow? And are you scared of snakes, too, or is it just me?