Friday, April 20, 2007


Abby Green is from Ireland where the currently balmy spring weather is likely to be the sum total of the Irish summer to come! When not working freelance as an assistant director on film/tv shows, she is following her heart and writing for Mills and Boon modern romance and fulfilling a dream.

I am delighted to have been asked to take part in Tessa's blog party. And very excited to have received her first book in a parcel from Amazon only this morning! Talk about timing. I've been wracking my - what feels like a pea sized brain - at the moment as to what to talk about and I guess for me it has to be change. Deciding to try and make a break away from my 'day' job, working in film/tv and take a risk of going for a writing career has been the biggest change in my life so far.
At times it was scary, at times it looked like it was the wrong thing to do! At times it felt totally right, exhilarating and liberating, and when I mortgaged my house to help finance this dream, it felt unbelievably scary all over again.
But...it worked out. And I still can't believe it did.

So what's it like for you?! Is anyone out there contemplating a heart thumpingly scary change in their lives? Or have you just come through something like that?

There's a copy of my May UK Mills and Boon Modern Romance - The Brazilian's Blackmail Bargainup for grabs!

And imagine me popping a champagne cork in cyber space to celebrate Tessa's debut!



Blogger Annie West said...


Great to see you here on Tessa's blog. Unfortunately I can't be in the running for your prize as I've already got my own copy of The Brazilian's Blackmail Bargain (aren't I lucky?) and I loved it! I hope you set more of your stories in Ireland too.

Congratulations on taking your leap of faith and going after your dream to write. I'm looking forward to reading plenty more of your stories!


1:51 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Thanks Annie! Lovely to be 'here' with you too! And thanks for your kind words about my Brazilian!

2:16 AM  
Blogger Kate Walker said...

Abby my dear - lovely to see you here - but I am saying nothing - noting at all about 'your Brazilian'!! Is this something I should tell the Babe Magnet - or not? ;-)

Abby, you know of one possible heart-thumping change the BM and I are considering - but it's too early to talk about that yet.

I know how the 'going for it' for the writing career feels. I gave myself five years or it was back to the library job - I've given the library a miss so it must have worked out! I hope it works as well for you and Annie - the only advice I'd give is to give it five years before you really know how it works.

So in 5 years time shall we get together and celebrate - what - Abby's 10th? Annie's 15th? My -eek- my 60th??


Kate (and the Babe Magnet for Abby)

3:02 AM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Welcome Abby!

Congratulations on pursuing your dream. I'm very intrigued by the fact that you worked on film sets. I think I read somewhere that you worked on the set of BRAVEHEART?

My husband and I packed up our 2 kids and spent 6 months backpacking around Australia several years ago. It was fabulous. But it did feel like a huge step into the unknown...


3:04 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Congratulations Abby on your success. Leaving my job to work with my husband and buying a house were risks for me.

3:19 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Hi Kate! Trust you to come in and lower the tone! I am of course referring to my lovely Brazilian Hero, (mind you he wasn't lovely at the time of gestation!) and as for your possible heart thumping change, it doesn't get much bigger than that...
But isn't it so great? Change and risk is what makes us feel alive, keeps us going.(plus the fact that I'm in love with the BM...)
Tessa that's so cool that you went off backpacking with your kids, so many people I know get so bogged down with the nitty gritty that they miss out on amazing opportunities like that...which must have been fantastic.
Hi Maureen and thanks for your comment - well done on leaving your job to work with your husband, you make it sound like it was so easy despite being a risk, but I'd guess it was far from it!

3:28 AM  
Blogger KimW said...

I'm glad it worked out for you. Personally I'm just a big chicken. No risks for me. lol

3:32 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

Congrats on making your big change. No big changes here for me, and good luck on your new release. Good to have you here today!

3:34 AM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

I admire you for taking the risk you have. It takes a lot of courage to do that.
I am not a big risk taker so I haven't had a scary change lately.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

I think my scary change came about 6 years ago. When it became clear I couldn't work anymore, I started to be aware of how many of the household bills I was paying while my boyfriend called in sick to work at least twice a week and his paychecks went to his partying and drinking. I finally decided enough was enough and left him. Even though I didn't have a real place to live.I stayed at my parent's in the same room as my son for about two months and then went to a shelter. (It's amazing how fast housing finds you a place if you are in a shelter) I also had no income. It's amazing how quikly he wanted me back once I had a place to live and regular disablity checks.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Thanks everyone for sharing your stories so far. Those of you who say you haven't taken a risk, I bet you have somewhere along the line. It doesn't have to be a huge life changing thing, we take risks all the time. And then there are some, like Christa said, that are just unavoidable, the alternative isn't even a possibility. So well done. This is all very inspiring and such a pleasure to be a part of...

8:40 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Abby, so good to hear that you're dream worked out! :)

The most recent change to my life is the fact that I plan to return to school. I've already been gone several years, but I do realize that no matter how long it takes, it's better to start sooner than later.

9:26 AM  
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9:26 AM  
Blogger Anna Campbell said...

Abby, congratulations on all your success! It's inspiring! And hey, I'd LOVE to see one of your books set in Ireland. You're going to have a long and brilliant career and I look forward to more of your books! Hope you'll get over here to visit us some time soon!

10:32 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

hi and welcome. The big change for me was quitting my evening job and dh retiring in 5 weeks or so. Help!!! Dh as a retirement income but I don't.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Lois said...

Well, we are hoping to move somewhere, anywhere this year. . . and that's pretty big.

It is quite likely at this present moment in time it'll be Pittsburgh. . .

which works out for a certain RT convention next year. . . :)


11:08 AM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Good for you! Change is never easy. You can be proud of yourself. My big change is having a baby girl 6 months ago. I am going to be 40 in October so I knew I did not have much more time to have one. I didn't want to have anymore after 40 but it was still a big and scary step, even if it is the second time around for my hubby and me.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Minna said...

No scary changes in sight just now. One scary change I had was when I moved to another county because of my studies.

11:35 AM  
Blogger jennybrat said...

Hi Abby, congrats on achieving your dream! I've had some huge, scary changes in my life and while I can't say I'm happy with the way things are, I try hard to believe there's a silver lining in every cloud. I wish you many more successes in your writing.

6:24 PM  

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