Bec McMaster/

Feb 11

So… Life is changing a little at the moment.

Last Friday was my last official shift at work. I put on my big-girl panties, handed in my resignation earlier this year and now I’m going to be a full-time writer. It’s something I’ve dreamed of for so many years, but I’ll admit that I’m a little bit nervous.

Last year, I handed in my resignation, but my workplace came back with a counter-offer of one day a week. This suited me at the time, as it was a little bit of extra money (covers my groceries etc.) and I think in the back of my head, it was a safety blanket. I still had a job, if the whole writing shindig pulled the blanket out from under my feet. However, at the start of this year, my boyfriend suggested I should go full time with the writing. This may have something to do with why I love him so much.

Still, I’m a little nervous. And here’s why -

One of the common misconceptions I hear is ‘…oh, when you’re J.K. Rowling you’ll be able to do whatever you want…’ A lot of people tell me this. In fact, I’m going to start charging a dollar every time someone mentions Rowling to me – this will be my retirement fund *kidding*.

It would be nice to be as popular as Rowling, but the simple truth for many mid-list authors is that writing is kind of a contract-at-a-time thing. Getting paid is often months apart and of course, the bills don’t wait that long. When you get the call – that someone wants to publish you – it’s all excitement, yay, I’m published forever! Then you realise that if your books don’t sell, then you don’t get another contract. I’ve seen this happen to a few close friends of mine. It’s heart-breaking. And whilst London Steampunk is doing well (I think), there’s always that risk of uncertainty playing in the back of my mind.

So how can I afford to go full-time with this? Easy – my boyfriend. He has a good job and he’s more than willing to take a chance on me whilst I pursue this. I would never, ever be able to do this at this stage without him.

And also, my readers. I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. I love sharing this world with you, and hope that I’ll be able to share so much more in the near future.

So today, I’m my own heroine, striking out into paths unknown and hoping for the best. I already have my hero, of course, but I’m very much looking forward to the adventures along the way.

And also, in lieu of life changing, I decided to chop off all of my hair this week. This was what I was aiming for.


The reality is a little shorter, but overall I love it. Long hair was fun, but when the best you do each day is knot it up on top of your head – it’s time for a change… I will post a picture when I have my hair down (coincidentally, it is up in a ponytail *grin* Oh, well).

9 comments to “Changes”

  1. Clare H
      · February 11th, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Link

    My partner supported me when I first dipped my toe into the fully self employed pond, when I was at my most down and was going to pack it all in and go get a ”proper job” he convinced me to stick with it and now, it is paying off! it is worth it in the end!

    Your books are fabulous and would make great movies. Your writing is far superior to Rowling any day of the week! and I am not just saying that as some sort of Misery ”I am your number 1 fan” sorta thing, its the truth!

  2. Opheliac
      · February 11th, 2014 at 2:30 pm · Link

    That’s great that you are finally able to realize a dream you’ve had for so long! It’s wonderful that your b/f is so supportive of you as well! As a huge fan, I’m happy that you’ll have more time to write! YAY! ;) I know you are nervous. Changes can be terrifying, but everything will be fine! Thank you for sharing your amazing writing with the world!!!

  3. Victoria (aka Zemfirka)
      · February 11th, 2014 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Congrats Bec! I sincerely wish you best of luck and hope to read many more of your books in the future! :)

  4. Stephanie F.
      · February 11th, 2014 at 10:02 pm · Link

    Congrats on taking such a huge step. I hope you have a wonderful year in writing, your on my auto buy always. :) And yay for having such a supporting boyfriend.

  5. adoore
      · February 12th, 2014 at 2:22 am · Link

    Your books are awesome I hope we get more books now. Your readers are with you.

  6. Mari-anne McMaster
      · February 12th, 2014 at 10:35 am · Link

    So very proud of my big girl on taking the necessary steps to follow her dream…even more proud of her partner for encouraging her and allowing her to follow her dream – love you both to the moon and back xxx

  7. Kylie Griffin
      · February 13th, 2014 at 5:19 am · Link

    As a mutual friend of ours once said to me, Bec – “Live your dream because when you’re old and gray you don’t want to look back and wonder ‘what if I had…’ and regret not going for it.”

    And a solid nod to your BF :-D for helping you realise your dream!

    TWD, my friend! :wink:

  8. Dorotheabrook
      · February 13th, 2014 at 8:55 pm · Link

    This was a dose of reality because I too would have assumed that money wasn’t much of a problem given your talent. This is easily my favorite romantic series and I can’t imagine that your audience won’t grow. I’d bet pretty quickly…

  9. shosho
      · February 15th, 2014 at 5:46 am · Link

    Wish you all the best: )
    Love your books can’t wait for the next one!

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