Many of the InspyRomance bloggers are mothers, either to grown children (some with grandchildren to enjoy!) or to children still at home.
Some, like myself, are still in the exciting (but exhausting) phase of toddlerhood!
One of the most common comments I get when I talk to people about my books is “I don’t know how you do it all!”
Can I tell you a secret, dear reader? Sometimes, neither do I!
Today, I thought I would give you a behind the scenes look at what some of the things I and the other mothers here at InspyRomance do for the sake of writing our next book.
For some, it looks like writing in the car during ballet or baseball practice. If the kids are in school, some have the school day. Others homeschool and work around lessons.
It might mean letting the laundry sit and your kids watch a movie because you’re on a deadline. Sometimes, it means a supportive partner takes the kids on Saturday morning to give you an uninterrupted period to work. I’ve even been the generous beneficiary of a friend who lets me work at their quiet house, since ours hasn’t been quiet in years!
Often, it means working after the kids go to bed or waking up before them to hit your wordcount goals for the day. For me, it means sometimes we eat a lot of take out or frozen pizza! It is also tons of fun to explain to your kids that you write stories, and show them your books when they arrive in the mail.
Most of all, it means being flexible and rolling with the punches. Because some days – writing just isn’t going to happen. And that’s okay. When God has called you to be a mother AND an author? It’s especially important to realize which comes first. I often find myself convinced I can’t do it all, but God is faithful!
He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
1 Thess 5:24
In October, my husband and I got a big surprise – a positive pregnancy test! It brought with it a lot of joy and a LOT of morning sickness. Unable to work or write for almost two months, it was increasingly difficult to give myself grace. I am so thankful for the support of my fellow authors who sympathized with me, encouraged me, and gave me permission to simply take care of myself in that season.
Now that I’m back on my feet and in front of my keyboard, I am getting back in the groove of my #authormomlife. And I really missed the “author” part of that while I was sick! The baby is due in June, and my #authorlife and #momlife will take on a much different balance this year than last. I did have to postpone the release of my next book, Longing for Lily, but I wanted to make sure it was the best book it could possibly be, and that meant I needed more time.
Time is definitely one thing there is never enough of during the #authormomlife!
Now it is your turn! Is there anything about the #authormomlife that surprised you, or do you have any questions about what it is like?