In the fall of 1992, I was elected to serve a two year term as President of Romance Writers of America®, the largest genre writers organization in the world. The two years I spent as president of this organization were both gratifying and challenging. I put in 40 hours per week into this unpaid volunteer position, and I wrote my books in the evenings. Somehow I managed to make all of my deadlines (five of them) during those two years.
As I prepared to leave the office of RWA® president, I also prepared to leave my first publisher. I had written 18 books for them, plus two for publisher #2. But my agent had negotiated a nice contract with publisher #3, and I was excited about the change and the opportunity to stretch my wings a bit. I would still be writing historical romances for the new publisher, but they were larger and had potential for helping me gain more readers.
But something else happened to me during my term as president — the first faltering steps of a restoration of faith. It started with a personal family crisis, but once God had my attention, He began to heal hurts and bring me to a place of surrender to His will. Little did I realize that He was also preparing me for ministry — as a writer!