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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wednesday Spotlight: Paige Tyler

I'm often asked in interviews how I became a writer. I always loved to write, even as a kid. It wasn't until I got to high school, though, that I really entertained the idea of writing as a profession. That's largely thanks to my creative writing teacher. She said that I was really good at it and encouraged me to pursue it.

While I originally started out as an English major in college, I actually changed majors and got a degree in elementary education instead. But after trying that for a while, I realized teaching wasn't for me and that I really wanted to follow my dream of becoming a writer.

At the time, I had never heard of eBooks. Then I was browing around the Internet when I came across a website that sold romance stories online. I read some of the excerpts and thought to myself, I can do that. So, I took a story I had already been playing with and really focused on the romance angle. The next thing you know, I had a contemporary romance on my hands. I submitted it and the publisher loved it. She wanted to publish it and that officially started my career as a writer! I was so excited that I did the Snoopy Dance!

Of course, I couldn't do any of it if not for my hubby. He's not only very patient and supportive, but he's also the best research assistant a girl could ask for!


Julie Robinson said...

Hey Paige,

I changed majors after 2 years also,and eventually got a degree in English Education. though it took me awhile to admit it, having come from a family where both parents were teachers, I finally realized teaching was not for me either!

I always tell my hubby that it takes a strong man to have a strong woman.


Paige Tyler said...

Julie - Too funny that we both went into education and decided it wasn't for us! LOL! And yup, you're totally right about a strong man needing a strong woman!