The First Novel I Ever Wrote

Eshelle Butler was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago and has a BA in Marketing Communications and Journalism. She also has a background in music. In addition to being an Author, she is also a Poet, Screenwriter, and Blogger. Eshelle is divorced and has one child and currently resides in a small town outside of Chicago Illinois.
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Hey, everyone, I hope you all had a good and productive week. Today I thought I would talk to you about how I got started writing novels in the first place. I must admit though it was not my first choice. I started out writing screenplays and novels were something that I never thought I could write. It started when I read a romance novel for the first time back in 1994. I was still in College and had just started a relationship with the man that became my husband. The marriage didn’t last but my love for writing novels did. It’s funny because I used to think romance novels were silly and unrealistic. I still feel that way and one day decided to write one of my own. It was called Forbidden Fruit. It began with a poem and then went into a story about a young African American girl named Tamera who was abandoned by her cocaine addicted mother when she was a small child. She grew up to be a tough, street smart yet kind and vulnerable young woman who learned how to take care of herself. She carried a gun and didn’t take any crap from anyone. She was invited to visit her rich cousin down south and stay with her for a few days. While she was there, her cousin encourages her to meet a rich and much older man named Roland who was a guest at a party that her family was throwing. They fell in love and the rest I will not say because I was thinking about rewriting this book and making it longer someday. The book was only 175 pages long I think and needed to be heavily edited.
My first book never saw the light of day because I never