I appeared on Twin Cities Live for the very last time as their beauty guru, today, and boy was it fun. Bittersweet but fun. I know...the first question is, "Why?" Followed closely by, "Was it your decision or...?" The short answers are: I'm leaving because I want to spend more time writing romance novels, and yep it was my decision.
Almost everyone in my inner circle who heard the news first was taken aback. Why would you stop being on TV? That's a unique, exciting opportunity! That's absolutely true. I made the most of a little luck in being asked to become the TCL Beauty Expert, and I loved every minute on set, with the people who work hard on the show every day. But here's the thing: after almost five years of being on-air, the experience had become less exciting and more of a regular, everyday experience. I was comfortable. I knew what to do and how to do it. And that just doesn't sit well with me. Someone who would feel that zing of excitement before stepping in front of the camera should be there. And that someone just isn't me anymore.
So that's the ending. But every ending needs a good beginning, and mine is that I am going to spend more time writing romance novels. I want to put all of my spare time and energy into creating characters and stories that are fun, funny and romantic. I've gone back and re-read my early novel (published in three parts as The Bombshell Beauty series) and really have an itch to revamp and revise it. But a large part of me also wants to leave that one alone, let it stand as an early attempt, and move on to a new story.
What do you think? Should I revise Bombshell Beauty or start fresh? Or do both?
I'm going to wrap up now by saying this: I really can't thank each of you who watched, commented, shared your beauty dilemmas and gave product suggestions, over the years. Your support has really been just so incredibly wonderful. You're awesome.