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October 12, 2009

Scattered and Windtossed

Filed under: Uncategorized — carlacassidy @ 2:04 am

Change is in the air for me, both in my personal life and in my career.  Like the wind-tossed leaves falling to the ground lately I’ve been feeling scattered by forces out of my control.

On a personal note my parents, who have lived two-doors away from me for the past three years have decided to move to a senior home.  For the past three years I’ve enjoyed the comfort of being able to drop into their home any time.   They’ve been my best friends and support system in a thousand different ways.  They’ll still be there for me, but I know the change of living arrangements will change things for us.

On a professional note, I’m still thrilled to be writing for Silhouette and Harlequin, but I will no longer be writing romantic suspense novels for NAL.  I’m currently working on a vampire series, a romantic suspense series and a young adult vampire series – scattered, that’s me.

I feel as if I’ve been blown off course and am now navigating new waters.  It’s both exciting and a little bit frightening. 

But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned after twenty years in this business it’s that I’m a survivor.    Change can hopefully equal growth and I know I’m up to any challenge!

What changes have you faced that turned into a positive growth experience?



  1. I know that change is always immanent and that sometimes we either roll with it and grow or we stagnate, but damn it sure hurts to let go of the familiar, doesn’t it? Best with all those series – can’t wait to read ’em!

    Comment by Sunny Lyn — October 12, 2009 @ 6:44 am | Reply

  2. YES! I can’t wait to read some of your paranormal romance. That WILL be a change. How exciting.

    And I’m backward from you. I just moved back closer to my parents. These days, I’ll come home from work and there will be a note on my door. “I put some chicken and noodles in your fridge, Love Mom.” I know I’ll miss that when it has to change.

    Comment by Linda Kage — October 12, 2009 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

    • Linda,
      Enjoy each and every one of those noodles! Each time my parents drive past my house they honk and I know I’m going to miss those honks when they move. (although I’m sure the neighbors will be thrilled)

      Comment by carlacassidy — October 12, 2009 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  3. As I get older the one thing I’ve learned is that fighting change inhibits a chance to grow. After being diagnosed with a chronic illness twelve years ago and not liking the treatment options, I started investigating alternative methods. It’s an ongoing process and I find I’m always up for learning something new and that’s translated to my writing. Just keep chanting: change is good:-)

    Can’t wait to read the new books!

    Comment by Paris Brandon — October 12, 2009 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

    • Paris,
      My hugs to you! I am blessed not to have any chronic health problems unless you count the never-ending backache from being crouched over my computer!

      And I’m four days smoke free, although I’m eating everything that doesn’t move.

      Comment by carlacassidy — October 12, 2009 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  4. ouch…change. I don’t like it much but then I moved back to the Midwest for exactly that…seasons. Joe and I lived in SanDiego for five years and I missed the season and big trees in my yard. I think seasons act as a reminder that life changes. It’s how one sees them as good or bad that makes the difference. So, Carla, I don’t know who weathers change better than you….Before long things will be smelling like roses…wait, is that a damask rose I already sniff coming from your website.
    Changes for me…well, I’m giving up pushing my Vesuvius sisters and am going back to Roman Britain. Jess says that is the better of the three. It was hard shifting gears but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

    Comment by Judy Ridgley — October 12, 2009 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

    • Judy,
      Fall is my very favorite season, although I think we’ve gotten too cold too quickly this year.

      Comment by carlacassidy — October 12, 2009 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  5. Hi, Carla! ( This is Rae )Great to see you blogging! I miss you, so now I know where to come when I need my Carla fix!

    Change is never easy for anyone. I avoid it when I can. But I do know that you’re one of the most awesome women I know and if anyone can handle a change, it’s you. I’ll be cheering for you from the sidelines. I also added you to my blogroll–blame it on Sunny–so that I can frequent your site. Love this blog, love hearing your perspective and I’ll stop gushing so that you aren’t inclined to get a restraining order on me. You know I’m one of your biggest fans in a not so freakish way.


    Comment by Heather Rae Scott — October 12, 2009 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

    • Rae,
      You sweet thing! I’ve missed you! Some of the best conversations I ever had at a Harlequin party were with you! Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I’d add you to mine but I don’t know how to do anything like that! And I’d never get a restraining order on you. I’d go straight for an arrest!

      Thanks for coming by!
      As soon as I figure things out here I’ll add you to my blogroll or if you want to email me and tell me how, it’s

      Love ya, Rae!

      Comment by carlacassidy — October 13, 2009 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  6. Carla,

    If you can adjust to the changes you will grow in depth with your writing and within yourself.

    Enjoy your lovely parents while you can. There time with you is getting shorter so make the most of their time with you.

    I love the fall, too.

    Comment by Sandy — October 13, 2009 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  7. Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.

    Comment by Savannah — October 17, 2009 @ 9:47 am | Reply

    • Savannah,
      thanks for checking me out. Are you a reader or a writer?


      Comment by carlacassidy — October 17, 2009 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

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