Writing Challenges: Balancing Work, Writing, and Life: Guest Post by M.J. Kane

Hey, y’all, today I’m opening up my blog to one of the first writer friends I made on Twitter. M.J. and I started our writing journey around the same time and I’ve enjoyed reading her Butterfly Memoirs along the way. I hope you enjoy learning more about M.J.’s work/writing/life balance.

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A lot has changed in my life since I penned the first novel in The Butterfly Memoirs Series, A Heart Not Easily Broken. For starters, I was a stay-at-home mom. Learning the process of marketing and promoting a new book and establishing a name for myself as an author readers would be looking out for was a challenge. It was hard work made a lot easier with the help of family and friends…and the fact that I had tons of time on my hands to work with…or waste. I admit, I was guilty of wasting a lot.

But, life goes on and you learn and grow.

Now with four published novels under my belt, life has changed, a lot!

I am no longer a homemaker. The kids have grown and can now take care of themselves, so what did I do? Go back to work! But I have to say, it’s been a blessing because I am now working at the library doing a job I love, being around books! Talk about inspiration on a daily bases!

It was also a challenge because my time was no longer my own. Work took over, and when I came home, it was an internal battle to keep up with home responsibilities and push writing to the side. Home didn’t always win, neither did writing. A lot of times I found my head hitting the pillow and my back and feet aching. I’m not the best when it comes to keeping a schedule either. So, what did I do?

I learned that the best times to write were in the morning because I often arrive at work before the front doors open. I carried my laptop and a notebook filled with paper, notes, and pens. During lunch breaks, I wrote some more. Before I knew it, I had not only written a novel, I’d also written a story to set up the novel…two stories in six months…something I thought was impossible for me to do. It’s amazing what you’ll learn you can do when you put your mind to it!

Check out Crossroads, the story that leads to my latest release, Nobody’s Business. Enjoy!

Nobody's Business

Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.

When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

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About the Author:

mjheadshotM.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

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I write love stories filled with passion and drama at night, I improve air and water quality during the day, and I love my husband and kids in between.

2 Responses to Writing Challenges: Balancing Work, Writing, and Life: Guest Post by M.J. Kane

  1. LaTanya Lawson says:

    Great tour!

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