Leah here: Blogger has been having problems with the auto-post feature lately, so although the posts are queued up and ready to go, they’re not posting. So the new posts will be going up at around 7:30 AM EST each morning, which is when I’ll close off comments for the previous day’s comments.

Today’s guest is Brooke London – a fellow member of the Toronto Romance Writers … well, I’ll let Brooke tell you about that.

Hey All!

I am so happy to be here with Leah on her blog today. I think I’ve known Leah for 2 years? Is that right, Leah? We are both members of the Toronto Romance Writers affiliated to the Romance Writers of America.

Writing is not something that I ever thought I would EVER do. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but writing? Naaahhhhh. The idea never entered my head, and even less, the idea of writing romance. I didn’t even read romance until a friend lent me some very well written romance novels—and I became hooked on romantic fiction. Reading romance novels didn’t seem to have a place in my self-concept—I had a business degree and diploma in computer science. Romance? Heck no, I was a SERIOUS person. But apparently a romantic lurked beneath my surface.

I remember the exact moment I decided to write romance. I was sitting in a coffee shop with the friend who had introduced me to romantic fiction and I told her that I could write a romance novel. Hey, why not? I could do this. I even picked out a tongue-in-cheek pen name: Starr Craused. LOL! Fortunately, I dropped the name. A little while later, I came up with a “what if” question and did what I thought was logical for character, plot and setting development. And I started writing. Ten thousands words into the manuscript, I realized that I really enjoyed the process of putting words to paper or computer, as the case may be. It took me a year to get that first manuscript done.

The most rewarding moment was typing the word “The End”. I had finished a full-length novel, without writing experience or writing courses. And then had to polish and edit a lot after that.

In some ways, the process of writing introduced me to myself. It showed me what I wanted in life, but which I didn’t have. And I’m not talking about finding a gorgeous guy and living happily every after. I’m talking about basic things like having love and respect and another adult in my relationship. Something I didn’t have. Writing let me look beyond my own little world and discover what I wanted, what I didn’t want. And so, I went looking for myself, the one who had been lost in a miserable marriage.

I divorced my ex. I started a new life. That new life is still in the process of being created, but it is entirely of my doing. I’ve found some of the bits and pieces of me that were lost and I’m finding new things that I never had. All because writing opened to my eyes to the possibilities of life.

My novel, Pitch Dark (and the blurb), can be found and purchased online at Cerridwen Press or at All Romance eBooks. You can read the excerpt here.

Leah, thanks so much for having me here today for your birthday celebrations.

Brooke will be giving away an e-copy of Pitch Dark to one lucky commenter. The winner will be announced here in the morning. Oh, and Brooke’s website can be found here.

Meet Brooke London

37 thoughts on “Meet Brooke London

  • June 27, 2009 at 4:40 am

    That is so me at the moment…a voracious reader with no aspirations of becomming a writer…though there are a few stories running around in my head…hehe!!!

    Loved your post and especially smiled at the pen name…haha!!!


  • June 27, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Brooke, I love the story about how you became a writer. It does kinda take hold, doesn't it? I'm attempting to get back to it after a 20-year hiatus…. we'll see. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:17 am

    Brooke, welcome to the romance genre and the writing world 🙂

    What bugs me is the social mindset that people who read (and by extension, write) romance aren't "serious"–which translates somehow to "flaky". URGH. Sorry, no more ranting.

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:17 am

    The more I talk to other writers and read their posts, the more I find out just how many of us are finding our true selves through our writing. Best of luck with your book!


  • June 27, 2009 at 6:21 am

    It's interesting the different ways everyone finds to "become" themselves. Good job, looking forward to checking out your novel.

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Hi Brooke,
    Congratulations on your release! Our journey to writer-dom sound eerily familiar. Congrats on taking that super step toward happiness. We all deserve to have it in our lives.

    May I ask a publishing question? Can you tell me what you love about writing for Cerridwen?

    I wish you many sales!

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Congrats on your new release as well as all the exciting changes going on in your life. It's so empowering to hear your story.

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:34 am

    great excerpt.I can't wait to read the rest.

  • June 27, 2009 at 7:00 am

    First off please accept my belated Birthday wished Leah… Yesterday was crazy and I did not get on my fav blogs.. So I hope you had a great 1st day of your birthday bash.
    Welcome to Brooke, you have a picked a great genre to write about. I think that it takes a lot of dedication to become a writer and it looks like you have it in spades..
    I am an avid reader and have been since I got my first library card in grade 1… many , many years ago..
    I would like to write oneday, but then I wonder how many books I will get read if I start to write.. Tough decesion for me…

  • June 27, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Brooke, it was great to hear how you became a writer. I will be checking out your book.


  • June 27, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I appreciate your decision later in life to start over. Many a day I think the same. The ideas you have as a youth for the direction of your life may in fact be truer than what you have lead so far. I would love to read your book!! Thanks for the visit

  • June 27, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Great post!

  • June 27, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I love reading about how authors get to where they decide to write and what inspires them to do it.

    A big thank you to Leah with your birthday bash you give me the chance to read about authors that I would have probably never heard of it wasn't for this.

    This is one book that I will read. congrats.

  • June 27, 2009 at 8:38 am

    congrats on the release


  • June 27, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Hi Brooke!

    Nice to see you out and about!

    I love your story of self discovery. Fresh start and new life with new experiences. I love the most satisfying moment was typing "The End", this leg of the journey complete!

    Congrats on Pitch Dark!

    Dottie 🙂

  • June 27, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Great post Brooke looking forward to reading your book.

  • June 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Congrats on your release, Brooke. I am a big fan of romantic suspense and really enjoyed your excerpt. Going to add Pitch Black to my wish list.


  • June 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Congratulations on the book! I passed your name along to my wife, Joyce Menyasz, to add as a friend on Facebook. She, too is a member of the RWA, and has been working on her first romance novel for . . . years . . . I think she just needs a little encouragement to get it finished, and hope your example will help. Thanks!

  • June 27, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I love hearing about the writing process to live vicariously. Which is funny to read about writing and enjoy that as much as the finished product.

  • June 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Hi Brooke,
    "Pitch Dark" sounds great. Wish you the best in your new life.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • June 27, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I love getting behind the scenes with an author esspecially when it is a author I have never read. "Pitch Dark" sounds like a book I would really enjoy.

    Leah another fabulous gueat "ROCK ON PARTY GIRL !!"

  • June 27, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Congrats on the release of your book!
    Loved to hear how your are getting on with your new life.

    kissinoak AT verizon DOT net

  • June 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    So nice to meet you, Brooke! Thanks for sharing your story. Look forward to reading Pitch Dark!

  • June 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Welcome to the party!i'm impressed that you not only wrote a novle but you decided to be true to ur self and find your self in the proscess that takes courage expecially when new to the writing world so ty for letting us as people see that it is possible to have it all a career and a life where you know who you are

  • June 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Oh! I really like the excerpt!

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Congrats on your new book and new life! I was just over at your website and you certainly don't lack courage.

    I especially loved you take on men and women –
    *Women are the less insane gender. My theory is that, in general, women are insane for half the month because of the monthly fluctuation of their hormones, while men are crazy all the time because they never get a break from their hormones.*

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Congrats on the release of your first book!

    And yay on the start of your birthday bash, Leah! Sorry I missed the beginning…

  • June 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    try this again..

    Brooke congrats on your new release & life journey.. good luck with both. Thanks for the blog, the book sounds great.
    Leah, Thanks for including all of us in your celebration..

  • June 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, Brook, and many 'Congrat's' on your new release…I can't wait to read it!

    Happy Birthday Leah, party on!!!

  • June 27, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks for this post!

  • June 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Congrats on your release and thanks for sharing how writing has helped you.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • June 27, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed your excerpt, Brooke. I am happy that you found yourself through your writing and I look forward to reading more of your writing.

  • June 28, 2009 at 1:13 am

    have you realized that you had prooved that 'anything will happen when you believe it will happen ? '..
    congrats for the book..i wish i could read your book soon 😉

    cuniquas at gmail dot com

  • June 28, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Awesome post. I imagine its a huge moment to not only complete and publish a novel, something you thought you would never do, and then find yourself again in the process. Congrats on so many levels!

  • June 28, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Thanks everyone for participating. The winner Rhonda has been chosen & announced.

    Though you are free to leave comments, any left from here on in on this post will no longer be added to the contest.

  • June 28, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Interesting interview. I enjoyed reading it.

    And thank you for coming to my Indigo reading and for sending along the pictures. They're great!

  • June 28, 2009 at 7:16 am

    There is nothing as inviting as the prospect of a well told story.

    All the best is extended to Brooke, and you too, Leah.

    This was an inspiring read, indeed.


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