I’m excited to introduce you to Gail Chianese. I met Gail this year at the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend. Gail was standing in line with Regina Kyle and Stacey Joy Netzel and I stepped in line right behind them. Gail is very sweet and I enjoyed meeting her immensely. We ended up having drinks later and dinner at the same table. Without any more preamble, please welcome Gail Chianese to Romance on Wheels.
Hi everyone. I’m Gail Chianese and I write sassy and warm-hearted contemporary romance. I’d like to give a shout of thanks of thanks to PJ for letting me hijack her blog for the day.
Truth be told, when PJ made the offer and gave me carte blanche I had no clue what to write about. She told me I could share a recipe, but honestly, I’m a pretty ordinary cook. I mean, my family doesn’t complain about the meals I make, but I don’t think they’re anything to rave about. So that was out. Then I turned to my books and there’s one theme that I think we can find in not just my stories, but all good stories and that’s following your dreams.
For me this started years ago and in of all places a training session for my day job. My boss was talking about priorities. You know putting stuff on the “doing now” list versus on the “not doing now” or the “never doing now” list. It was that last one that got me. See he explained the difference between the three with this story of him wanting to be a prima ballerina. However, he had to face up to the fact that this was never going to happen and he needed to move that goal to his “never doing now” list.
That was it for me. The first kernel of thought that made me wonder what goal did I have on my “not doing now” list and which list did I need to move it too. Well, obviously it was writing, but it did take a minor health scare to make me realize that I didn’t want it to go on the “never” list. Once I admitted that my dream wasn’t just wishful thinking, I shared it with my husband, who said to me, “now that you know what your goal is, make a plan to achieve it.”
And I did just that.
Maybe that’s why I like telling stories, I like seeing others realize their dreams and making them become a reality even when they seem far-fetched, ordinary, or silly in the beginning. No one’s dream is any of those things to them. For each person that dream exists for a reason, it fills a need, and sometimes mends a wound. Until we get into that person’s head—something only a book can really let us do—we can’t fully understand another person’s reasons behind what they do or desire. For me writing is an escape from the stresses of life, plus its fun, just like reading always has been. Except now, I get to call the shots and I get to have lots of dreams and see them come to reality.
So tell me, wonderful people, what is a dream of yours that is on your “not doing now” or even your “never doing now” list? Do you want to move it to the “doing now” list or are you happy to leave it where it is? One commenter will be chosen at random and win a copy of their choice from my West Side Romance series.