Living the (midlife) dream


Today is my debut, and I’m thrilled to have my first book published by Carina Press. I must confess I didn’t grow up dreaming of one day becoming a published author. Although I read copiously, I never imagined I’d have enough talent to write a book of my own, let alone see it published.

After graduating from university with a science degree, I took a job in the IT industry. For a few brief months in my twenties I dabbled with the notion of writing, but life inevitably intervened. Jobs, travel, moving to a new country, buying a fixer-upper, having two children — somehow there was never enough time to even think about writing, let alone do any.

Then, about three years ago, I realised I was in a deep rut. My IT job was secure and the mortgage was paid off. I should have been looking forward to more overseas travel or maybe a bigger house (or even saving for retirement!), but instead I was miserable. I just didn’t have a reason to turn up at work anymore. So I quit. I didn’t even quit with the aim of writing, I just knew I couldn’t remain there anymore. I thought I’d give myself a few months off to decide what I wanted to do next.

I don’t know why I decided to try writing again, but I just did. Maybe I wanted to see if I could even finish an entire book. Well, to my surprise, I did. I sent off the manuscript with high hopes, imagining the publishing world was just dying to read my work. The rejection stung more than I’d imagined, but by then it was too late. I’d been bitten by the writing bug.

As I continued to learn my craft, the dream of becoming a published author grew stronger. It wouldn’t go away, despite all the setbacks (ie rejections). Sometimes I think of all the idle time I wasted in my younger years, and I wish the dream had come to me sooner. But maybe this is the right time in my life for this dream. My classic midlife crisis dream. I have to say I’m enjoying it. And maybe I needed to acquire a few wrinkles and the odd grey hair before I could write something worthwhile. The dream might have been a little tardy coming to me, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

PhotobucketMy Australian contemporary romance, WHEN HARRIET CAME HOME, is now available at Carina Press, Amazon, and all good ebook stores.

After ten years of exile, Harriet Brown is back in town. Things have definitely changed, but so has she. Now the confident owner of a catering business, she’s no longer the shy, overweight girl everyone—including her hot teenage crush—used to ignore. In fact, she’s determined to make peace with Adam Blackstone for her part in exposing his father’s secret affairs and corrupt behavior as mayor.

But Adam has changed as well. No longer a pampered, rich pinup boy, he just wants to reestablish his family’s good name. He reluctantly agrees to a truce with Harriet, and is surprised by how changed she is. He doesn’t want to be drawn to her, but he can’t seem to resist her allure.

As Harriet struggles to come to terms with her past, her adolescent infatuation with Adam morphs into something more serious… Will she ever be accepted again? Or will ancient history ruin the chance of a future full of possibilities?

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13 thoughts on “Living the (midlife) dream”

  1. Janni Nell says:

    Congrats on your debut! What a great midlife crisis!

  2. Colleen, huge congrats to you! The writing life is a perfect one for the middle years, I believe.

    The book sounds awesome, too…wishing you many sales!

  3. Coleen Kwan says:

    Thanks Janni and Christine. I’m certainly enjoying my midlife crisis!

  4. Keziah Hill says:

    Congratulations Coleen! Nothing like a first publication launch!

  5. MJ Fredrick says:

    Congratulations on your debut! It sounds RIGHT up my alley! Can’t wait to read it!

  6. What a perfect midlife crisis! Much better than spending all your money on a flash car :)
    Can’t wait to read your book. Congrats again on it’s release!

  7. Well done on your debut, Coleen. And thanks for sharing your success story. Gotta love that writing bug. It does seem to choose its own time to bite–when there’s an alignment of personal desire and circumstance. Sometimes it can take decades. Different for everybody.

    Enjoy your release week!

  8. Tia Nevitt says:

    Your book looks charming. How wonderful that you were able to quit your job and pursue your dream!

  9. Coleen Kwan says:

    Thank you Keziah, MJ, Rachael, Robert and Tia for your kind messages!

  10. Congrats on your release, Colleen. And lovely cover.

  11. Happy release week! Love your cover, and I’m looking forward to reading this one.

  12. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations Colleen. Lovely cover, I also am looking forward to the read. :)

  13. Coleen Kwan says:

    Thank you Eleni, Barbara and Suzanne. I love my cover too!

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