Merritt shares with us her writing journey and a challenge for us all.
Fulfilling A Dream
After my bout with breast cancer I chose to concentrate on my writing career. We became a one-income household and I was now the writer in residence. I wrote and wrote, answered ads for freelance writers and wrote some more. I wrote about apps for a digital geek site. I wrote about yoga for a yoga website. I wrote about influential women for a girl geek website. When I felt like I was good enough, I sought out places that would allow me to have more control over my content.
I found an online magazine called HaveHeart. HaveHeart’s editor struck in chord in me. Heather Niccoli believes in real women. Her magazine never photo shops women. Real issues, real victories and real inspiration are featured. It’s meant for real women wherever they are in life. How could I resist?
Since my husband was the only one bringing in money, I felt it was important to find ways to save. I began cooking more. I found it therapeutic. I became obsessed with the Food Network and the Food Channel. Writing for HaveHeart allowed me to share more of myself. I wrote about my garden, I cooked more, created recipes to share with readers. I shared my dream of being a published author, as well as my family’s struggle with grief and the loss of loved ones due to suicide and illness, specifically with cancer.
My mother lost her battle with lung cancer three and half years ago, though she hadn’t smoked in more than fifty years. My sister has had her second go around with breast cancer. At one point all three of us had cancer at the same time. Only two of us survived. My sister and my mother are my inspiration. Life gives you no guarantees. Reach for your dreams. I am.
Thank you Merritt for your story. Are any of you out there reaching for your dreams? Share how you are with Merritt.
Now for a little about Merritt’s book Culinary Seduction.
Food is the new sex and cheftestants Andrea Claire and Danny Miller are battling it out to see who becomes the new high priest or priestess. The two face off in a contest for hosting duties of new show called Culinary Seduction.
Chef Andrea Claire is a woman who knows what she wants, and what she wants is to build her own culinary empire. Hosting the show would give her the injection of cash she needs to finally get a store front for her catering business and give her the credibility she seeks. Her food is infused with her warmth and passion.
Bad boy chef Danny Miller’s bold flavors and state-of-the-art techniques in molecular gastronomy set him apart from the pack. Hosting the show would raise the profile of his restaurant and he could pay what he owes the bank and his grandmother.
Will his talent be enough to garner him the win? Or will Andre’s seductive on camera personality and obvious passion for cooking win out? Their on air chemistry is undeniable. The test kitchens at Cuisine Channel have never been so hot!
Andrea shoved her phone back into her purse and dug out a compact. She needed some sort of distraction to keep her from staring at the hot guy seated across from her. He didn’t appear interested. Maybe he was shy. Maybe he wasn’t interested. Maybe he was keeping his mind on the competition like she should be doing. He had great cheekbones, warm brown eyes, and great hair. Nice arms. She wondered what the flames were about. It seemed to be the clichéd thing now, a chef with flames emblazoned on his forearms, but he didn’t seem like the type that followed the crowd. The rose on his other arm and the letters A J A beneath it made her wonder if that was for his wife. She put the compact away and looked out the window.
“I wonder how much longer.”
“LA traffic is the stuff of nightmares. We’re lucky to be moving at all,” he told her as he pressed the button to lower the screen. “Excuse me, can you tell me how much longer?”
“About forty minutes, sir. Relax. Have a drink or snack. You can even listen to the stereo or watch a movie. Control console’s right between the two seats there.”
“There’s our answer. I guess we make ourselves comfortable. I don’t know about you, but it’s a little early for me for a drink.”
“You know, the chauffeur who picked me up at my place offered me champagne too.”
“It might be a test,” Danny reminded her.
“They only suggested it. And neither one of us took them up on it. I don’t think it’s a test, I think it’s just a courtesy to offer it us.”
She folded her arms across her chest. Cute, but paranoid. Maybe the drive to wherever wasn’t going to be that much fun after all. She didn’t have to talk to him; he was nice to just look at. She had to consider they were fish out of water. Maybe he was right. What if from the moment they had touched down they were being monitored? Fine, she could play that game. She was just as capable of plotting strategy as Mr. Pompadour. It was a shame though, she had hoped for a more friendly rivalry.
Merritt Kelly has been in love with the written word as long as she can remember. She’s a freelance writer, author, and columnist whose articles have appeared in the Colfax Gazette, Palouse Journal, and the Moscow/Daily News. Her work on the web can be seen on Paperdriods, DigiYoo, LexiYoga and HaveHeart Magazine websites under her real name Carol Traulsen. She has written on a variety of topics including the war in Kosovo, the death penalty, grief, coping with a cozy kitchen and cooking.
Merritt Kelly is a pen name she chose to honor her late mother who always believed in her writing ability. When she’s not writing she’s cooking, walking or reading. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, her son and her cat.
She loves to laugh, all the music in the Guardians Of The Galaxy, trying new foods, a good glass of wine and almost anything chocolate. Her first novel, Culinary Seduction, a foodie/Chick lit romance is set for release in April of 2015.
Where to find Merritt and her book:
The buy link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TUIAW92/
Soul Mate Publishing author site: http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/merritt-kelly/