I had to write a business letter this past week that was very difficult. I had the assignment for a few months and kept putting it off but I learned a long time ago procrastinating would not make the requirement go away, just shorten the deadline.
I finally got it done at the eleventh hour. I had decided to keep it short and the tone pleasant.
For someone who has started a writing career, starting this message has been somewhat difficult. I almost didn’t write it at all. I thought I would turn in my ID, computer, and simply go home. Those who knew my plan threatened to write my good-bye for me so rather than be at their mercy I decided to do it myself.
This Saturday will be my first day as a retiree. How do I thank each of you? My responsibilities have been diverse and you, my colleagues and friends, have always been close. Even when we haven’t spoken for a while, a quick call is all it takes to get back into that comfortable place. We’ve talked about our plans, our kids, our travels and yes, even work.
Over the last few years I’ve been writing historical fantasy stories -- well, historical fantasy romance to be exact. I write stories filled with adventure and romance about women awakening into their power and the men that deserve them. My first book was published November, 2011 and did well. My next book will release this July 1. My publisher, Harlequin’s digital imprint, Carina Press, has requested follow up stories to both books. More projects and more deadlines! It is an exciting time with new goals and so many things to learn.
My writing friends gave me a license plate cover that says NY Times Best Selling Author in Training. I hope to make that a reality rather than just a dream!
Please keep in touch even if it is only the occasional hello. You can reach me at ruth.@RuthACasie.com or at my website www.RuthA.Casie.com
I sent the message out late Wednesday night to almost 100 friends and colleagues at JPMorganChase where I've worked for over 25 years. I was astonished that I spent all day Thursday answering emails and phone calls. They said if I put half the passion into my writing that I did into my work at JPMC I had to be a success.
I loved my job but it was time to leave. Its a wonderful feeling knowing that I'm not retiring from, but rather retiring to a new beginning.