Laralyn Doran

I found my calling later than most. I’d like to say I was writing stories as soon as I could string three words together, but really it all started after I had children.

Having children inspired me to write romance? I know, doesn’t make sense.

Anyway, I was blessed with three amazing children, two of whom have special needs. My oldest has high-functioning autism, my youngest was born physically impaired and my middle is good at making sure he’s getting equal time.

As with many, reading became my escape.¬†Therapy and doctor appointments; screaming children; trying to fall asleep at night without worry keeping me company–I turned to books as an escape. Historical, suspense paranormal, contemporary, humorous–any type of romance. Why only romance, because they always have a Happily Ever After!

In 2012 I was diagnosed with an extremely early form of Breast Cancer. It was more of a bump in the road that made me slow down and take a moment to breathe. It wasn’t an epiphany or a conscience decision, I just realized that I didn’t want to live my life with worry and negativity. My daughter started kindergarten a year later and I was home a few hours a day alone, evaluating, for the first time in 15 years, what I wanted to do with my life.

I took a writing course at a community college and my professor was a regency romance novelist. Karma. She mentored me and encouraged me to join WRW and RWA. At my first national RWA meeting I felt like I found my tribe.

I have since written two award-winning manuscripts. Mulligan is a light, humorous contemporary romance and A Child of Eden is a dark, paranormal romance.

I know, two extremes.

So, as I’m tooling around town in mom-mode, I think about how to mess with my fictional people, so I can be sane for those who live with me.¬† Seems reasonable.