Thank you to the ladies here at Magical Musings for inviting me to join this blog. I’m deeply honored to be in such good company and look forward to getting to know everyone better!
Who is Virna DePaul? I’m a mother of three young boys, a former criminal prosecutor, and a long-time romance reader who loves to travel and see Broadway shows. I’m always struggling to find balance in my life. I want to write incredible books, raise smart, kind, happy kids, keep the romance alive in my marriage, and enjoy the people I love. Every day is a challenge, but I hope I never stop trying.
I’m published in several genres. In addition to my national bestselling Para-Ops series (think X-men meets Romancing The Stone), I write both category and single title romantic suspense for Harlequin. The first book in my Special Investigations Group series with HQN launched a few days ago with Shades Of Desire.
I’m also a bestselling indie author of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance (I write the Red-Hot Cops novellas as Ava Meyers). Finally, I have an exciting deal in the works. I’ll share as soon as it’s official!
So…anyone a Glee fan? As I write this blog, I’m looking forward to this season’s graduation episode. I’ve heard the “seniors” will really be moving on. Exciting but also scary. What if I don’t like the new cast? What if the “feel” of the show is different? While these may seem like trivial concerns, it’s a reminder that fear, small or big, can be damaging.
Fear is a sneaky, insidious thing. It can stop me from watching an evolving show, sure, but it can also stop me from doing far more important things. For years, it’s what kept me from traveling. It stopped me from writing until I was desperate to quit my law job. It’s what often paralyzes me in front of the computer, worrying that my words will never be good enough.
Each day is a struggle to conquer fear. To shake it off. To move forward. Even if I falter, even if I back up or am pushed back…
I. Must. Keep. Going.
That’s my right and that’s my one true power.
One of my favorite Glee songs is the series original hit Loser Like Me. It perfectly sums up the struggles of the main characters to embrace who they are despite those trying to keep them down. Others may call us “zeros” “freaks” and “losers,” but the lyrics encourage us to shake that off and move toward our promising futures.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” — Dale Carnegie
Or as Dory, the fish from Finding Nemo, says: “Just keep swimming…”
Readers, I look forward to sharing more about myself and learning more about you. For now, how are you going to move beyond your fear today?