THE GROWING WRITER | Work That Muscle by Rhonda Bowen

Work That Muscle
by Rhonda Bowen

When my second novel came out, a friend of mine asked me how much I paid the elves in my basement to write it, which was really his facetious way of asking, when do I find time to write. It was a valid question for me and probably is for many writers, published and unpublished, who hold down jobs, go to school, take care of a family and carry out a host of activities that max out their 24 hours. So where do we find a 25th to write?

I started my first novel while working a nine to five mindless job that freed up my brain to dream up ideas that found their way into Man Enough For Me. And since all this began in a January where we were experiencing real winter, I had a lot of inside time to make it happen.

For my second novel I was overseas teaching and not as available. But there is something about a story in progress that pulls you in and makes you make time in the middle of your crazy schedule to write. It might mean a few late nights under a florescent light bulb, or some early mornings where it’s only you and the first streams of sunlight. It may be a few hours or only a few minutes. But whenever you can make time to write Uyou must, because I have found the longer I go without writing, the harder it is to write when I sit down to do it. In the real world of deadlines, transit delays and major exams writing every day is not always possible. But writing often is. And you should do it. Because writing is just like a muscle – if you don’t use it, you will lose it.

About the Book

Sydney Isaacs has two priorities: her family, and Decadent, the gourmet pastry business they founded almost three generations ago. But both are in jeopardy when her brother, Dean, announces his sudden marriage to the conniving Sheree Vern. Furthermore Dean’s inheritance of the ownership of Decadent from their father, despite Dean’s lack of interest, leaves Sydney with few options. Now Dean and Sheree are selling the store to finance his music dreams—or so Dean believes…

Thanks to Sheree, Dean’s plans, the business, and his marriage, soon implode in ways he never expected—leaving Sydney determined to salvage whatever she can and fix the mess left behind. Her only solace is her romance with Hayden Windsor. But Hayden is Sheree’s half brother and it doesn’t take long for Sydney to wonder: what if Hayden knew about Sheree’s scheming all along? Soon Sydney creates a deception of her own to find out the truth. Her strategy is working, until the consequences threaten to destroy everything she values most—including her faith. Overcome with guilt, can she make things right with her brother, with Hayden, and with God?

About the Author

Rhonda Bowen is a writer and event planner living in Toronto. She enjoys spending time with her family, trying on shoes she can’t afford, and enjoying life’s unexpected twists and turns. You can reach her by dropping a note in the comment box below or emailing her directly at: rhonda.bowen@yahoo.com.

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