For the Love of Writing: Author Erica O’Rourke

For the Love of Writing by Erica O’Rourke

I’ve written three books, and every one is dedicated to the same people: my husband, Danny, and our three daughters. They’re my favorite people in the entire world, and I am always aware of how lucky I am to have such a loving, supportive family.

This is a rare picture of our crew — I’m usually the one behind the camera, but in this instance, a passer-by offered to take a family picture. In it, we’re heading out to chop down our Christmas tree at the same farm we’ve gone to for for ten years. It’s one of our most cherished traditions: the wagon ride into the fields, the careful selection of the perfect tree, cheering on Daddy as he saws away at the trunk, and then our celebratory hot cocoa and doughnuts. (The cocoa is free, but the whipped cream is 25 cents extra. We always splurge.)

It’s rituals like this one — small, personal, and so very precious — that anchor us during the craziest of days, when every member of our family is running in a different direction and both time and tempers run short.  This photograph serves the same purpose. It reminds me of what I value most in this world, and why — in part — I write: to let my children see what happens when you combine an incredible dream with hard work and perseverance, and to make my family as proud of me as I am of them.

Editor’s Note: Erica O’Rourke is the author of the young adult novel TANGLED, available now. You can find out more about her at www.ericaorourke.com or follow her on Twitter attwitter.com/@erica_orourke
.

Similar Articles

Comments

FOLLOW US

2,024FansLike
3,238FollowersFollow
10,200SubscribersSubscribe

Recent Book Trailers

Instagram

Advertisment

Don't Miss

Women Who Have Influenced Me by Anna J Stewart

0
A Guest blog for Women's History Month Women Who Have Influenced Me by Anna J Stewart It is safe to say I would not be where...

Harlequin Creator Space

0
Harlequin has launched the Harlequin Creator Space, a website dedicated to inspiring and celebrating writers, artists and anyone who wants to live a creative life....

PODCAST: Broken Peak with Author Jules Crisare

0
Meet the shifters from Broken Peak with Author Jules Crisare LISTEN HERE! Jules Crisare loves writing sexy shifter romances. The growly and dominant males of Broken...

SNEAK PEEK: DANGER IN NUMBERS BY HEATHER GRAHAM

0
Danger In Numbers by Heather Graham When a ritualistic murder shakes a small north Florida community, an agent from the State police is forced to...

SNEAK PEEK: THE HANDS WERE GIVEN (Aces High 1 Jokers Wild) By O.E. Tearmann

0
THE HANDS WERE GIVEN Aces High 1 Jokers Wild A Stunning new Queer Cyberpunk Epic By O.E. Tearmann Life's a bitch. She deals off the bottom...

There’s a Book for That: Women’s History Month

0
Welcome March and Women’s History Month. In 1987, Congress designated the month of March “Women’s History Month.” In President Biden’s proclamation of March 1,...

BEHIND THE WORDS: Jill Eileen Smith

0
BEHIND THE WORDS welcomes Jill Eileen Smith. We’re excited to have you on Reader’s Entertainment. First, tell our readers a bit about yourself. Where...

SCHOLASTIC BOOKS TO PUBLISH AUTHOR, ACTIVIST, AND SCHOLAR, DR. BRITTNEY COOPER

0
“Stand Up: 10 Mighty Women Who Made a Change!”, the first of three picture books, to be published March 1, 2022 “The Bees”, a four-book middle...

Shaped By Love by Jill Eileen Smith

0
Celebrating Women's History Month SHAPED BY LOVE Guest Post By Jill Eileen Smith Looking back. I do a lot of that for some reason. Perhaps it is...

QUICK LOOK: Snarc 2: The Journey Continues!!!

0
Snarc 2:  The Journey Continues!!! Welcome to Snarc 2, the continuing adventures of Snarc, our favorite intergalactic traveler, and his companion Cosmic Staff. As you...