On being an author with a day job

Here’s an excerpt of an interview I did for the Vocation Village blog:

Tamara, you have a highly demanding full-time job, and you also publish romance novels.  How do you juggle all of that?

Over the years, I’ve engineered my life to be super simple and as stress-free as possible. My husband and I don’t have children. We live in a 750-square-foot home and have zero debt. My husband does all the housework. I cook because I love to. He takes care of me, our dogs, everything but the food. I’m able to focus on journalism and my creative projects. His emotional and physical labor, and that we don’t have to worry about money, are probably the biggest factors in being able to focus on writing fiction outside of a demanding day job.

I’m not writing these things as a humblebrag — I think it’s important for writers who have great privilege to acknowledge that. If I had children, debt, and many things to do around the house (on top of a day job), I would likely not be writing fiction.

Click here to read the full interview on Dr. Janet Scarborough Civatelli’s blog, Vocation Village.