The Head and the Heart: 5-Minute Memoir

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of Writer’s Digest.

“Your idea is too cerebral and issue-oriented for today’s romance,” read the polite rejection letter. I came to realize this was high praise indeed.

That was 1986. I was a 20-something newlywed living in Hawaii, dreaming of being a romance novelist, having devoured many a bodice-ripper in my teens.

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Back then, one could pitch a novel via posted letter to a publishing professional at places such as Silhouette Books in New York City and promptly receive a personalized response in military housing on Oahu.

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