There is no secret to juggling it all. (If there is and you know, don’t you hold out on me.) I’m a new mom and I struggled with the idea of losing my sense of identity. I’ve asked myself “is a mom all I’ll ever be?” Not to negate the amazing sense of fulfillment a child can bring into your life, but it is a major life change. In a way, I mourned the loss of who I was, because being a mom, I am forever changed (in the best way.)
I’ve found the key to survival as a working mom is balance, wine, and coffee. Okay, add in some tears, a supportive husband, the best girlfriends, and the cutest baby smile you’ll ever see too.
In many ways, being a writer and mom is a blessing. I, of course, have less time to write now, but having an outlet. I am able to escape in a world of my creation, it is rewarding, and an amazing way to refuel. Where other moms may watch reality TV or read a raunchy book to escape, I get to write.
I do think the key is balance. Finding time for yourself, for your writing, for your husband, for your baby, for you day job… it is all overwhelming. Don’t forget the mom guilt you’ll have if you drop the ball on something. But it’s time to throw the guilt away, you are only one person doing the best you can. If you dedicate specific time for all of those things every week, especially including time for yourself, it won’t all look so daunting.
Once I established a routine, found a halfway decent dictation app for writing, and focused on taking time for myself, life became easier with my sixth month old and my day job.
Sometimes, it still all goes wrong. And that is okay. That’s when I have a good cry and go back to the wine and the coffee I mentioned before.
Elijah Daines is a hunter, maintaining the balance of good and evil in the mortal realm, his power stronger than any hunter she’s ever encountered. Plus, he’s a seriously sexy distraction. Too bad he’s accused her of a crime she didn't commit.
As the killer continues a murder spree that not only frames Layla but threatens to expose the existence of supernatural creatures to humans, Layla and Elijah team up to investigate. Hopefully, they can fight off their escalating attraction for each other long enough to exonerate her and stop the murder madness.