Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
My Author Story:
Like many authors, I fell in love with writing at a young age. When I was 10 (or was it 8?) I placed 3rd in an essay writing contest and I was hooked. It’s amazing what affirmation can do for a child’s confidence and direction. I wrote short stories non-stop for the next few years. I still have many of them. Of course, my best one, was lost. More’s the pity.
In high school and college my writing slowed, but I became more interested in writing romance. I started a couple of books but never got past the first thirty-or-so pages. After college I made a more concerted effort, and got my page count up to 100, but always stalled out there. It wasn’t until shortly after I had my first child, that I finally started the book that would really get me going.
Blue Violet was paranormal romance. I don’t know if it was the genre, or just the time in my life, but I finished the first draft in six weeks. I was so proud that I’d completed a full novel. But I had no idea if it was any good. So it went under the bed (figuratively speaking) for another three years. I would pull it out and work on the draft every once in a while.
In early 2012, I ran across a website that offered reviews. I didn’t want reviews (I wasn’t self-published yet), I wanted a critique of my work before I even attempted to query or self-publish it. That group hooked me up with Wendy who is a freelance editor. She really helped me polish the manuscript and taught me so much. Plus, she gave me the added boost of confidence that I needed to feel my work was worthy. In August of 2012, I self-published Blue Violet and immediately started to work on Hyacinth, the second book in that series.
Over the next two years I wrote – a lot. Completing a book, while still a huge accomplishment every single time, has no longer become a question in my mind. By the end of 2014 I had written six paranormal romance and two contemporary romance novels. Concurrently, in mid-2013 I started querying my work out. Like every writer out there, I could wallpaper a small room in rejection letters. But I applied any feedback I got and kept plugging. In June 2014, I landed my first contract!!!
Lill Farrell at The Wild Rose Press saw something she liked in Andromeda’s Fall. A few months later, Mary Harmony at The Wild Rose Press contracted Blue Violet (I had submitted both at the same time, which is apparently usually a no-no). Meanwhile, I kept writing and searching for the right agent. Mid-2015 I was signed by Dawn Dowdle of The Blue Ridge Agency for my contemporary romance Saving the Sheriff.
I continue to do my best to grow and improve my writing on a daily basis. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have made the journey I have to this point. I LOVE writing and lose myself in my characters. Even if I wasn’t publishing in any form I would still do this. It’s a passion. But I do have a list of personal goals yet to be achieved. I can’t wait to see what the future brings. 🙂
My faith, my husband and my children, family, and friends top the list of course – but I prefer to keep those pics private for them. Writing and reading are pretty obvious. Other things I couldn’t find pictures of (but will add when I find one)… Star Wars. Texas A&M. My EMBA Cohort. Old movies (no 1980 does not count as old). Organizing (see other blog). Running.