. A Writer’s Life . By Mary Castillo . The first audience a writer has to convince is her family. And God help you if you have kids.
I lucked out. I was already writing when I met my love so he had no problem leaving me alone every Saturday so I could write. But I had a full-time job, a two-hour commute and a close-knit Mexican family who didnâ€™t understand what I was doing on weekends when I shouldâ€™ve been with them.
The thing is, until you have some street cred, the people you love will not understand why youâ€™re begging them to leave you alone so you can sit in front of a computer. My mom would call me every Saturday morning and ask, â€œSo what it is that youâ€™re doing again?â€
â€œIâ€™m writing a book.â€
I think I answered that very same question on more Saturday mornings than I care to remember. It wasnâ€™t that mom didnâ€™t care. She just couldnâ€™t figure out why Iâ€™d rather hole up in a bedroom than drive down for a bonfire barbeque on Coronado.
My family finally cut me some slack after I wrote two screenplays and two novels. But it wasnâ€™t because I had written two screenplays and two novels. It was because I started writing movie reviews for my local paper and had a byline to prove it. . After mom had tangible proof of what I was doing â€“ she showed my reviews online to her co-workers â€“ she would call on Saturday mornings and ask, â€œWhat are you doing answering the phone? Shouldnâ€™t you be writing?â€
Mary Castillo is the author of two romantic comedies â€“ Hot Tamara and In Between Men. Her novella, â€œMy Favorite Mistakeâ€ is featured in the anthology, Friday Night Chicas. She is a columnist with VidaGirl.com and has also contributed feature articles to Catalina Magazine, Romance Writers Report and Och Tamale (the alumni magazine for the University of Redlands).