Lucy's husband first discovered the magnitude of her job-hopping problem when visiting her hometown—Atlanta, GA—for the first time. On the car tour, Lucy was able to point to a place every three blocks and say, "I worked there!" Some might call it an illness in need of Ritalin, but Lucy makes no apologies. She likes change. She gets easily bored. She likes to learn new things.
"That's one of the cool things about writing. If my story is boring me I can immediately change it, and in the process I usually learn something new," Lucy recently said.
Lucy's foray into writing may be one of many career hops, but its longevity has already surpassed massage therapy, banking, tending bar, and insurance sales. Will it prove to be the career that Lucy has been looking for all her life? Only time will tell, but if success is judged by long hours invested and happy-heart feelings then Lucy may have found the career that will stick. (She's stuck to speech pathology in the same way that a suckerfish adheres to a shark's belly, but that's soooo different. The remora doesn't hang on because it likes its host; it's in it for survival. The same holds true for speech pathology. Lucy knew it wasn't going to be her passion six months after she left NYU, but it pays well enough to allow for lots of writing hours, and thus it remains.)
Lucy hopes that Beau and Fiona's story ignites romance readers' imaginations. It's her second book about the Beaumont brothers—the first one being more of a practice book (although a sweet love scene did win Ohio Valley's 2006 Summer Sizzle contest). The manuscript for that first novel is so loved by the publisher who requested it that it still sits on her desk more than a year later. She's probably read and reread it six times by now.
Love Trumps Logic, a regency romance published by Second Wind Publishing, earned this comment from a judge in the Hudson Valley Hook, Line and Sinker contest: "Very well written. I like your scene with Lady (Daphne) Tarkington." Curious? Read Love Trumps Logic to find out why Lady Daphne has people talking.
When Lucy isn't writing or working, she might be found playing Rock Band (drumming might be the career to unseat writing); or helping with homework (she loves math and considered a career as a math teacher); or watching American Idol (darn, is the cutoff age really 29?); or playing backgammon with her husband (who provided inspiration for both Beaumont brothers—in very different ways); or walking her dog (dog-walking was another former career, so she's good at it!), or adoring her cat, who has actually won a prize for the cutest-ever cat, and is exactly that.
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