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My First Sale by Virginia Kantra (& Giveaway)

Virginia KantraWelcome to the My First Sale series. Each Monday, Dear Author posts the first sale letter of bestselling authors, debut authors, and authors in between. Virginia Kantra writes paranormal romances for Berkley. Her book, Immortal Sea, is out in stores beginning on September 7, 2010.


Our three children sprawl around the kitchen table doing-‘or not doing-‘their back-to-school homework.   A drawing of "My Family."   Some version of "How I Spent My Summer Vacation."   A fifth grade essay titled "When I Grow Up…" And my husband turns to me and asks, "And what do you want to be when you grow up, little girl?"

Good question.

Because, of course, we both know the answer.   I want to be a writer.   I've been writing my entire life, stories of True Love and Adventure that have languished on my desk or my computer's hard drive or in the back of my filing cabinet.   The demands of three small kids-‘two with major medical issues before the age of five-‘meant that for days or years at a time I could ignore my dream.   My husband's gentle challenge reminds me of it.

I read a lot of romance.   "You know," I say to him slowly, "I think I'd like to write a romance novel."

Immortal SeaFast forward ten years.   I've written and sold over a dozen stories to Silhouette's Intimate Moments line.   I'm working on the third book in the Trouble in Eden series ("Small town!   Big secrets! And hearts on the line!") when my agent calls.

"Cindy Hwang at Berkley wants to know if you'd like to write a novella for an anthology she's putting together."

Oh. My. God.   Yes, yes, YES!   Euphoria ensues.   Terms and deadlines are set.

And then Cindy herself calls.

When I am finally capable of stringing a complete sentence together, I ask, rather shyly and haltingly, which other authors are contributing to the anthology.   She tells me: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Maggie Shayne, and Suzanne Forster.

Oh. My. God.   More euphoria!   And then I realize…These are paranormal authors.   Cindy Hwang actually has no idea who I am.   This whole thing has been a terrible mistake and there is nothing I can do but come clean. I am not the Virginia Kantra she is looking for.

"Um," I say, because Words Are My Stock-in-trade, "you do know that I write contemporary?   Domestic drama?   Romantic suspense?"

"Oh, yes," she says, because reassuring paranoid authors is an editor's stock-in-trade.   "You wrote the Eden books."

We talk long enough about my work that I am cautiously encouraged that maybe she has the right Virginia Kantra after all before I ask, "And, er, that's what you want?   For this anthology?"

Because at this point I am prepared to give this wonderful, intelligent woman whatever she asks for, including any one of the three children.   (At least as a loan.)

"If that's what you want to write," Cindy says promptly.

I am dizzy with freedom.

"Or if you want to write something a little different," she continues, "that would be fine, too.   Anthologies are a wonderful place for authors to experiment.   Whatever you want," she repeats, in case I haven't got the point yet.

So, drunk on possibilities, I begin babbling to her about one of the stories buried in the back of the filing cabinet for fifteen years, a modern day retelling of Tam Lin set in the mountains of North Carolina.

"Between the Mountains and the Moon" in the anthology MAN OF MY DREAMS was my first sale to Berkley (and, incidentally, my first non-category book nominated for Romance Writers of America's RITA award).


Cindy is still encouraging me to write the books I want to write.   IMMORTAL SEA, my fourth Children of the Sea novel and my ninth project for Berkley, comes out tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7.   It's a story about family and True Love and Adventure.   Berkley had agreed to give away 5 copies of IMMORTAL SEA to folks who leave comments.

Now that you've heard about my first sale, tell me:   What do YOU want to be when you grow up?   And if you had to pick one different genre to read or write in, what would it be?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jayne
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 07:06:58

    “THE TEMPTATION OF SEAN MACNEILL,” SIM # 1032 – Yep, that’s the first Virginia Kantra novel I read and I loved it. Talk about a damn sexy cover…. 10 years later I still think it’s sexy as all get out.

  2. joanne
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 07:29:35

    What a wonderful first sale story.

    I’ve enjoyed so much of your work and now- well now I’m a just a tiny teensy little bit in love with your husband!

    I’m really looking forward to Morgan’s story. Thank you!

  3. Sabrina
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 08:39:22

    One of these days I am going to sit down and read SciFi. My husband really seems to enjoy it so I need to peak into his world eventhough I doubt I’ll see him reading romance anytime soon;)
    Thanks to Uncle Sam I have an extensive background in the medical field, which I love but if I could choose anything it would be a landscaper. I absolutely love digging in the dirt, creating a space of beauty and watching it grow. So when I grow up I want to be a landscaper!

  4. virginiakantra
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 08:54:11

    Jayne, thanks for remembering the MacNeills! I loved writing those books. And you’re right about the cover.

    Joanne, my husband really is amazing. That conversation above ended with him making me a plane reservation to attend my very first writers’ conference, Moonlight and Magnolias.

    Sabrina, your comment about SciFi made me think of The Jane Austen Book Club. (You know the scene where the hero loans the heroine Ursula LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness?)

  5. Jen Merry
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 08:54:43

    I chased my dream when I was younger. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out quite as I planned and I went back to my original profession, but I’ll never be sorry that I did it.

    For many years, I read mainly non-fiction and that’s probably what I’d go back to if I got burnt out on romance and UF. I love learning useless factoids.

  6. Jennifer Murdock
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 09:46:51

    I want to be a published romance author. I’ve known since I read my first one in junior high. Unfortunately, it’s taking me a lot longer than I had hoped. I would love to be able to write paranormal but as of yet haven’t been able to go come up with a story.

    I loved hearing your first sale story and about your supportive husband. Very inspiring.

  7. Robin Bayne
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 09:53:43

    “I am dizzy with freedom.” I’ve never seen that sentence in an author interview. Love it!

  8. Laurie Hunsaker
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 09:55:45

    My dream was to be a ballerina. And I was :) but I had a horrible car accident, and never danced again. I’d always loved reading and began reading voraciously until I began to write. Now with my first book coming out this year, I hope to continue writing. My husband is so not supportive, so I envy you and I would love to win your next Children of the Sea book. I love your selkies!

  9. Kim Zielke
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 10:01:59

    I always wanted to be a mom. Weird I know, but it’s true. I’m now a mom of three (almost 5, 3 and 2 mo.) and loving it.

    I read my first book of your series in “Burning Up” and loved it. I’m actually looking forward to the next installment and going back to read it all from the beginning!

  10. Mary G
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 10:10:34

    Hi Virginia
    Wonderful story. I’m going to have to check out more of your books. I too have
    THE TEMPTATION OF SEAN MACNEILL,” SIM # 1032. That’s a keeper.

  11. virginiakantra
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 10:18:27

    Jen, I am a font of useless factoids! It’s all that research.

    Jennifer, take heart. There are a lot of authors like me who got their start later in life.

    Robin, I’ve been blessed with really supportive editors, both at Berkley and at Silhouette. Of course, there’s a fine line between “dizzy with freedom” and “out of my mind.”

    Laurie, big congrats on your upcoming release, and best of luck in the giveaway!

    Kim, my kids are spaced like yours (my husband calls it Catholic family planning!).
    SO pleased you liked the story in Burning Up. Morwenna is Morgan’s sister. And I think you’ll like Liz, the heroine of Immortal Sea. She’s a really strong mom.

  12. Pink Panther
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:01:27

    Sounds great, Virginia! I have so many choice when I grow up: a lawyer, a writer, a music teacher, a librarian…
    Anyway, can’t wait to get my hands on your book… sounds like a real keeper! :)

  13. ruth
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:05:34

    That was a great story! Thanks for sharing. I always wanted to be a Mom, and I am! LOL If I could have a dream job I would want to be a romance editor. :0)

  14. Carin
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:16:06

    I’d love to be a writer, but I’ve tried and realized how hard it is! So, maybe someday I’ll try again, but for now I’ve got tremendous respect for the authors I read and enjoy!

    Another genre – manga is one I’d like to try.

    I checked out your website and realized I’ve read some of your short stories. I’ll be checking out more now!

  15. Kate Douglas
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:27:23

    Virginia, I am absolutely thrilled to hear you’ve got a new book coming out! I’ve been waiting for this one. You hooked me on your series with your story in the Shifter anthology, and I’ve loved every book since.

    Like you, I dreamed of writing while raising kids–I actually wrote and submitted without any luck for years before finally signing with Kensington when I was 55! I’m 60 now and having the time of my life, so if nothing else, I figure I’m living proof it’s never too late to follow a dream. (It also helps to have a really well-developed stubborn streak.)

    Congratulations on the new release–and I must say, the cover for Immortal Sea is GORGEOUS!

    Btw, I’ve got a new one tomorrow, too–an anthology with Jacquelyn Frank called Nocturnal. And no need to include me in the giveaway as I’ve already ordered Immortal Sea.

  16. Jen X
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:36:28

    That’s a great story, seems Cindy is a beloved editor. I keep seeing her name pop up.

    I just had my first taste of steampunk and really liked it, so been looking for new reads in this sub-genre.

    Best wishes for all your future works!

  17. Erica
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:42:05

    Great story and I love the cover of IMMORTAL SEA! Can’t go wrong with purple!

  18. Joanna Aislinn
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:48:42

    Those first-sale stories are always inspiring! My ideal life would combine speaking and/or singing publicly–not necessarily in the same time/space but–what the heck, why not? And that other genre? Time travel or maybe some sci-fi, in a Star-Trek Next Generation style–you know I’d be spending lots of time on the holodeck doing lots of virtual research w/potential virtual heroes, lol!

  19. Linda Henderson
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 11:52:11

    Beautiful cover, I can’t wait to read it. One of these days I’m going to read Steampunk, I’m not even sure what it is.

  20. Pamelia
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 12:04:47

    Great story. I too want to be an author when I “grow up” (that day keeps getting later and later in my life! :))
    Thanks for the chance to win your new book!

  21. Janine
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 12:06:11

    Leave me out of the drawing. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this story. What a great husband you have. I really enjoyed your story in the Burning Up anthology so I’m glad you were able to turn your hand to paranormals.

  22. Raelena
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 12:11:18

    Congrats on your newest release! I always wanted to be an archaeologist or a librarian when I grew up.

  23. virginiakantra
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 12:22:08

    Pink, thanks for commenting!

    Ruth, I used to think I’d love being an editor until I realized what really awful hours they work.

    Carin, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the shorts.

    Kate, thank you, thank you for ordering IS. I’m excited about your new release! Is this set in your Demonslayers universe?

    JenX, Cindy is a goddess. She reads widely, including on-line fan fic, to find authors she wants to work with. Was your taste of steampunk Meljean’s story in BURNING UP? Because I thought that was a wonderful story. (Linda, if you’re not familiar with steampunk, that’s a great place to start.)

    Erica, I’ve been so blessed to have the talented Tony Mauro as my cover artist for this series. But we’re running out of colors!

    Pamelia, I definitely felt the same way!

    Aw, Janine, thank you! Yes, my husband is the best. When I teach my workshop on developing romance, I talk about “the vision of the beloved in the eyes of the lover” – that is, the lover sees and values his beloved as her best self. I definitely learned that from life.

  24. chey
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 12:48:54

    Hi. You are a new-to-me author. I’m going to have to find some of your books!
    If I had to choose one genre to read or write it’d be suspense.

  25. Patricia Rice
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 13:45:14

    Lovely story, Virginia! And I’m thrilled that Cindy “gets” what you’re doing. Chey, you’re really going to love Virginia’s books. Her characterization is spot on.

    Since I’m already a writer, can I be an archeologist next? Or maybe just organized?

  26. Kate Douglas
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 14:00:44

    Virginia–yes. Crystal Dreams in Nocturnal is part of The DemonSlayers–the story follows the action in HellFire and the characters introduced in the novella will appear in StarFire, the next book, coming out in April. Thanks for asking!

  27. Robin K
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 14:03:04

    What do YOU want to be when you grow up? I want to be carefree, living on my own island and enjoying the laughter of grand babies.

    And if you had to pick one different genre to read or write in, what would it be? Definitely paranormal and/or urban fantasy.

  28. Sarah
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 14:09:10

    Really excited to read the new book Ms. Kantra! I really like this series.

    If I could be anything else, right now I’d love to be a world renown baker. I just think it would be fun to make people happy with yummy food.

    I don’t write myself but if I had to choose a genre, it would definitely be YA.

  29. lizzdmc
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 14:36:07

    Great giveaway! My favorite genres to read are historical fiction and cozy mysteries. I don’t write, but my husband is currently writing a fantasy novel which should be ready for publishing next year.

  30. Joder
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 14:42:00

    Thank you for describing your writing journey. I always feel so inspired after reading these posts and then freeze up immediately in uncertainty after the inspiration wears off.

    I have so many dreams, but extreme physical limitations have changed those dreams. Dreams are on a much smaller scale now. Continuing to put out good book reviews online and soon starting my own blog are what I want to be known for and be proud of.

  31. Ann
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 14:57:35

    Have read and enjoyed your Silhouette series as well as your newer paranormals.
    As for what I want to be when I grow up? I wish I had a passion for a profession to want to be when I “grow up.” And since I have no desire to be a writer and love being a reader, I have no restrictions on what I read. Unless realizing that I’ll never get everthing read that I want to read a restriction.

  32. Katrina
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:06:19

    Virginia, your husband is awesome!

    I want to keep doing what I’m doing (working for a charity) and write romance in my free time. Because one amazing career just isn’t enough.

  33. MarieC
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:09:49

    Wow! Great story and giveaway!

    I’ve always wanted to sing opera …unfortunately, desire is greater than talent…

    As to genres, as a reader, I’m pretty diverse (or moody, depending on who you ask). But I probably could stand to read more nonfiction.

  34. Joyce Henderson
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:14:56

    Oh, Virginia, I love your cover. I’ve read Sherrilyn, Maggie, and Susanne. Sadly not you, but I can certainly rectify that oversight in no time! :-)

    My question: Am I supposed to grow up? Having lived long enough to be a great-grandma, alas, I think the time has passed when I’ll do that. Besides, I have too much fun writing my worlds of days past, some I’ve live, others were before me time. Honest!

    Since I didn’t even begin writing until nearly age 50, I guess I’d have to say I actually grew up to be what I want to be, a storyteller.

    So I suggest that no one should give up their dream of being published. I think that’s what growing up really is, perseverence and a little bit of luck.

  35. virginiakantra
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:15:02

    Mary G. and Ann, I’m glad someone else remembers my MacNeills! Interestingly, changing genres didn’t change my stories’ focus. They’re still about finding a place, a home in the world, and creating family.

    Raelena, I used to volunteer at the library. Love librarians.

    Chey, good luck in the drawing! If you want to check out my work, there are lots of excerpts (including my two romantic suspense titles for Berkley).

    Kate, I loved Hellfire! Can’t wait to see where you go next.

    Robin and Sarah, love your answers! (Hmm, an island supplied by baked goods…Yeah, I’m there.)

    Lizzdmc, sounds like your husband has a supportive spouse, too!

    Joder, I’m seized with that same uncertainty every time I start a new book. And also at page 200, when the entire plot falls apart and I wonder what the hell my editor was thinking when she bought the book.

  36. msaggie
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:28:04

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful first sale story, Virginia! I really enjoy reading your novels, and especially the ones on Children of the Sea. I am also really inspired by people who have commented that they become published authors later on in life. I would love to be a novelist too when I finally grow up! Now, in my current incarnation, I write dry academic papers.

  37. Barbara Elness
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:29:40

    Great story! When I grow up I’d like to be in the publishing business. I don’t think I have enough imagination to be a writer, but anything to do with books would be fabulous.
    If I were going to pick a genre to write in, it would be scifi romance or paranormal romance, because you can make up whatever you want, and as long as it makes some kind of sense you can get away with just about anything.

  38. Ashley H.
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 15:57:43

    If I had to pick a genre to write in it would probably be paranormal.

  39. van p.
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 16:18:05

    What did i want to be growing up?
    – I always wanted to be an archeologist, love history.

    If i can write in any genre it would be: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy.

  40. Tessa
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 16:32:24

    Funny you should ask this question today – this is my birthday weekend! I’m with Joyce, I’m not sure I’m going to grow up : ).

    From fourth grade on, my dream was to be a writer and teacher. I’ve been fortunate to do both, sometimes at the same time! Right now, I’m writing contemporary because they fit my writing schedule best. I’d like to go back and work on a fantasy series I started pre-kids – when I had more time to develop that world.

    BTW, my sons and husband gave me a Kindle for my birthday so I’m making a list of books to add to it. Yours is now on my list, Virginia!

  41. virginiakantra
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 16:46:00

    Pat, I’m so tickled you stopped by! Thank you! You know I’m a fan girl.

    Msaggie, I was an English major. Yep. Wrote my honors thesis on the role of passion in William Blake’s mythology and decided I’d better go with fiction. (And it only took me twenty years after that to get published!)

    Barbara, I can’t show your comment to my husband, because every time I get paralyzed with a world building decision, he asks in this bewildered way, “Why don’t you just make something up?”

    Ashley and Van, I’m delighted to have more paranormal lovers stop by.
    Maybe that didn’t come out quite right. I mean, lovers of the paranormal genre. (Although paranormal lovers are very nice, too.)

    Happy birthday, dear Tessa! Happy birthday to youuuu!

  42. Kim
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 16:46:28

    That was a nice first sale story.

    I always wanted to be an attorney when I grew up. If I could be a writer, I’d like to write in the romance genre or perhaps write a political thriller.

  43. Kiersten
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 16:49:38

    OK – now I’m going to have to look up this great MacNeill series after such swooning recommends. I’m so excited that IS is coming out tomorrow! Good on ya! This First Sale stories are so inspiring, thanks you for sharing here. What a supportive husband! But then, it takes a strong man to be married to a Roman Woman. ;-)

  44. jeanette8042
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 17:02:46

    Great story Virginia and congrats on the release of Immortal Sea! When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor but I now hope to be a virus/cancer cell researcher. And I would definitely choose to write in the paranormal romance genre since I love reading them!

  45. Jen X
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 17:03:44

    Hi Virginia, Yes! it was Meljean’s, Here There Be Monsters. I loved it. And I am such a doofus, I just realized that you contributed to the same anthology…my apologies, all the authors in this compilation are new-to-me and I did not make the connection. Woohoo, I’m going to read Shifting Sea next!

  46. PJ
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 18:08:29

    I just read the first in this series and really liked it. I look forward to reading the others.

  47. Kim in Hawaii
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 18:44:27

    Thanks for sharing your first sale story! Best wishes on the release tomorrow. We’ll be having cake for hubby’s birthday but we’ll toast you, too!

  48. virginiakantra
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 19:53:31

    Joyce, I think your comment about perseverence and luck applies not only to growing up but to every sale in this industry!

    Kim, Kiersten, and Jeanette, thanks so much!

    JenX, I hope you like Shifting Sea. It’s another “something different” for me – a sort of fairy tale in a historical setting. I read a lot of historicals for pleasure, and this particular story sets up Morgan’s conflict nicely.

    PJ, I’m so glad to hear that the series is finding new readers. Thanks!

    Kim, happy b-day to your husband!

  49. Pat A.
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 20:43:49

    Hi, I have been a librarian for the last 15 years but I have always wanted to be a chef. Now with my husband’s encouragement, I am leaving libraries and going to culinary school. Aren’t supportive husbands wonderful! I’ve worked readers advisory for years reading pretty much everything, whether I liked it or not. So now I am looking forward to reading only what I want to read.

  50. Michele P.
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 21:08:54

    I have always wanted to be a writer myself, but currently work in clerical administration. I like horror, SciFi and end of the world type stories-and have started a few but am way too chicken to send them anywhere!

  51. JoAnna B
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 21:23:12

    I would love to just read all day! Is there a job for that!

    I love your books Virginia and I can’t wait to read Immortal Sea.

  52. Keziah Hill
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 21:33:08

    Virginia, your books were among the first categories I ever read. I still have Stolen Memory on my keeper shelf. I wanted to be Elizabeth Taylor when I was a child. Not the husband bit, the Cleopatra bit.

  53. Ciara
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 23:15:42

    When I grow up I want to be a romance novelist. ;) Paranormal please. I’m really looking forward to your next book in the series. I love your selkies!

  54. Arantza
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 23:30:36

    There’s a genre of which I’ve only read a couple of books, and it’s Sci Fi. If I had to write in some other genre I think it would be that one, I love inventing things in my books, lol.

  55. Doreen R
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 23:45:10

    I want to be a writer of songs and books. The genre? …perhaps psyco thriller and very dark.

  56. Chelsea B.
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 23:49:30

    I want to be a writer :-) The genre would definitely be Supernatural Romance, what I love to read :-)

  57. Angela M.
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 23:56:04

    Definitely want to be a published writer when I grow up. And if I could write another genre other than what I write now, it’d be horror for sure. Love a good horror story whether it’s in print or on the screen!

    It’s awesome that you have the freedom to write in whatever subgenre you feel like. I think the stories are that much better when it comes naturally to the writer. Thanks for the giveaway ;)

  58. maddbookish
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 03:01:09

    I wanted to paint. That was my dream as a child. Sadly, I lack the talent to put on canvas what I see in my head and so painting just frustrates me in the end.

    Lately I’ve been thinking that I might like to be a librarian.

    I would love to write Fantasy or Horror.

  59. Valerie
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 07:49:03

    I#ve just gotten this book and am eager to read it.

    in Germany

  60. virginiakantra
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 07:55:07

    PatA, best of luck in culinary school!

    Michele, my first job out of college was clerk typist in the dean of students’ office.

    JoAnnaB, getting paid to read all day sounds awesome to me, too.

    Keziah, thanks so much! STOLEN MEMORY was actually just rereleased as an embook!

    Thank you, Ciara!!! I’ll admit this story is particularly dear to my heart. (Is that too much like saying I have a favorite child?)

    Arantza, I don’t read a lot of straight SciFi either, although I loved Anne McCaffrey and Robert Heinlein as a kid.

    Doreen, Chelsea, and Angela, it is nice to dream of a job you can do barefoot. :)

    Maddbookish, I draw, but I always knew I couldn’t make a career of it. I’m in awe of people like Tony Mauro, who does my Children of the Sea covers.

    Because of the holiday, the giveaway continues through today!

    Thank you all so much for sharing my first sale story with me!

  61. virginiakantra
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 07:58:32

    Valerie! Thank you! It’s release day, so hearing about every sale helps (and readers who buy the book can choose one of my backlist if they prefer that as their giveaway).

  62. Melinda Leigh
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 08:24:18

    Thanks so much for reminding us that success in this business comes to those willing to work hard and take chances.

    I can’t wait to read Immortal Sea!

  63. stephanie h.
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 09:47:01

    I’ve read every book you’ve written, and happy to say, there are many rereads/comfort reads in the bunch displayed proudly on my “keeper shelves”. Folks are not even allowed to take my Virginia Kantra books out of the house, I’ll buy them one instead. LOL! I love the Children of the Sea books and will have Immortal Sea, in my hands today. Yippee! Thanks for sharing your story about your first sale. Excellent and so you!
    Pro Ro (aka founding member, and Professional Romance Fan)

  64. Robin Hillyer Miles
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 10:20:06

    Love the Tam Lin story and think the mountains of NC would make a perfect fit for it.

  65. Victoria Zumbrum
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 10:43:40

  66. virginiakantra
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 11:34:35

    Melinda and Steph, thank you, thank you!!!

    Robin, the Appalachian Mountains and the highlands of Scotland were once part of the same mountain range

    which makes the bones and heart of the earth the same. Which is why I keep setting these Celtic legends along the same line of the east coast.

    Victoria, best of luck with your dreams and the contest!

  67. Pauline H.
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 11:39:44

    My dream was to someone successful in the law enforcement industry: a cop, lawyer, defence attorney, etc. I love reading crime mysteries and told myself that I would be a part of all that one day.

    Technically, I have fulfilled my dream. I am a criminologist graduate currently employed with the Justice department of my government. Though the job isn’t very exciting and does not involve field world, I enjoy learning about the Justice system that make “crime” such a prevalent issue in societies all over the world.

    If I had an opportunity to be an author, I would write a novel that is a mix of the supernatural, futuristic and mystery. These are three of my favourite genres and combining them into one would be the ultimate!

  68. cories
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 14:28:55

    Congrats on your new release! And a wonderful First Sales story!

    I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up. Sometimes having too many choices is a bit frightening. At least I know I can take astronaut and UN translator off the list. :)

    Although I did take creative writing classes in school, I’ve never considered writing as a career. Still, I would lean toward a paranormal mystery, maybe YA.

  69. Traci
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 14:36:53

    I can’t wait to read the new series!! I loved the story of the first sale.

    I would have loved to be an astronaut… but that isn’t something that ever happened!!

  70. JJ
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 18:52:43

    What a neat story – to realize your dreams even after setting them aside for your loved ones. I would love to tell stories, but I just don’t have the skills or the patience authors need. But my real job, the one I don’t get paid for but means the most, is being a Mom. And it makes up for all the things I could have been.

  71. virginiakantra
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 20:14:52

    Pauline, your blend sounds very intriguing!

    Cories and Tracy, thanks!

    JJ, love your comment about your “real job.” I feel the same way. (I do have a refrigerator magnet that reads, “PARENTHOOD: The first 40 years are the hardest.”)

  72. DeeCee
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 21:04:51

    I always wanted to own my own bookstore. But if I had enough talent to write, it would be in romantic suspense. They’re a guilty pleasure for me.

  73. SaraC
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 22:07:41

    Ever since reading Elizabeth Peters’ books, I want to be an archeologist when I grow up.

  74. Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL}
    Sep 07, 2010 @ 22:33:56

    Virginia –
    Thanks for sharing that great story.

    What do YOU want to be when you grow up?

    Well, I’d love to be a computer whiz (but who wants to grow up?).
    I’m a reader [not an author] and I couldn’t imagine making a switch to a different genre (I read PNR; romantica; contempory; & some RS).

    I can’t wait to read “Immortal Sea” – I’d love to win a copy of it, of course.

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}
    [email protected]

  75. MaryK
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 01:36:22

    I loved the Tam Lin story! That’s when I first discovered you and went looking for your other works! (It’s also the first time I’d heard the Tam Lin story, if you can believe. I did kinda wish he’d stayed young so she could, uh, enjoy the youthful enthusiasm she’d missed out on. ;D ) How cool that Cindy Hwang hand-picked you for a PNR anthology when you’d never written it before.

    I think I’d have to choose PNR. It’s one of my favorites and it can encompass a wide range of settings and levels of paranormal so it’d probably be the best choice for variety.

    I’ve recently, within the last year, decided that I want to be a speech therapist when I grow up.

  76. Kris
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 01:40:15

    I want to be a scientist when I grow up… or at the very least, a tech or research assistant. :)

    Because I’m focused on school, I shy away from more… thinky… books. I’d have to try some stuff my brother has recommended.

  77. virginiakantra
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 06:22:53

    DeeCee, I love RS, but it can’t have too many Brown Couch moments for me – you know, where you get this image and it’s like moving a nasty big brown couch in with all your other mental furniture? You can hide it in the basement, you can cover it with an afghan, you can close the door and turn off the lights…and sooner or later, aargh! there it is.

    Sara, Elizabeth Peters has lots to answer for. In a good way.

    Lea Ellen, thanks! I’m on the blog slut tour this week.

    MaryK, I’m delighted to have introduced you to Tam Lin! It’s one of my fave archtype stories.

    Kris, giggled over “thinky books”!

    Thank you all for making me feel so welcome! I’m off to plug numbers into the Random Number Generator to find the giveaway winners…

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  79. Lisa R
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 01:19:55

    I’d like to be a published author when I grow up I read SF/fantasy and romance and would love to write in either genre.

    Your “first sale” story made me giddy with excitement for you. I haven’t read your books, but I’ll definitely look them up!

  80. Patti P
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 16:56:24

    My life so far has been chaotic and filled with stress and drama. I want to be happy and serene when I grow up.
    If I were to have an iota a talent and could write a book myself, I would love to write fantasy/romance.
    Great post. Thanks!

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