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Split Personality Disorder . . .
I'm really not trying to confuse you with all these different names. Shana Galen. Shane Bolks. Who am I anyway? The simple answer: it depends what you're looking for.
If you like sumptuous romances with impetuous heroines and heroes who are a bit more rogue than respectable, then you'll like Shana Galen. She'll entertain you at a Regency ball, meet you for shopping on Bond Street, and treat you to ices at Gunthers.
If your tastes lean more toward the hip, here and now, and you appreciate a girl with a bit of an edge and a lot of attitude, then give Shane Bolks a try.
Better yet, meet us both!
When I graduated from college, I had a brief psychotic episode. For some reason—one that, considering my personality, was clearly irrational and ill-conceived—I decided I wanted to be a teacher. Educate the youth of America and all that. After eight and a half years of teaching sixth, eighth, and tenth graders English, Reading, and ESL in Houston, Texas, I gave up . . .
I knew I'd made an important discovery for my life. Like most writers, I had a story I had to get out. The first book I ever wrote was When Dashing Met Danger, and it was the most exciting thing I'd ever done. I can remember staying up until two in the morning writing because I wanted to know what would happen next. I wrote two more historicals, then decided to try my hand at women's fiction.
But my delusion was that I could whip out a story, send it to a publisher, and get some big advance. The more I learned about writing and publishing, the more I realized that I had a lot to learn. The version of When Dashing Met Danger on bookshelves is not the first, second, or even third version. Writing is a craft like any other, and it takes time, dedication, and sacrifice to master.
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