I have two writing lives. In one, I'm an author or YA and epic fantasy. My first published series, The Futhark Chronicles, has the first two books now available with books three and four coming out next year. I have another fantasy series I hope to find a home for this year.
In my other persona, as Susan Kelley, I write fantasy romance. I have five romances published already, another under contract to be released later this spring and one I'm busy working on right now. I'm doing the second draft, something that for me usually means a total rewrite. I managed nearly 10K words this weekend between laundry and cooking.
This day reminds me of all the romance I'm lucky to have in my life beyond that I read and write. My husband never forgoes a chance to shower me with gifts. He buys me flowers at least four times per year and often he'll have a gift card to a bookstore attached. He knows what I love. (I love him most of all)
People ask me who I model my heroes after in all my books not just the romances. My husband always jumps in and says they're all him.
Well, he's not a great swordsman or an expert horseman. He's never taken on otherworldly demons or evil witches to save me and our children. But he has always worked long hours to see we have everything we need. He sat for hours during my labor in the hospital holding my hand. He's been a role model for our children and their friends, coaching their sports teams and playing games in the front yard. He'll do the laundry or the dishes without being asked. He is a hero. And if some foul demon creature bursts into the house someday, I know he'll take up the fireplace poker and step in between it and me.
Did you remember your every day hero today? Happy Valentine's Day!