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8 Busy Moms Who Published Novels

[1]By all accounts, I’m a busy mom.

I gave up my teaching career a couple of years ago so I could stay home with my children—one school-aged, and one who has just turned two.

Soon, I’ll no longer be a mom of two, but a mom of four. We’re expecting a set of twins in early March, which means I’m as big as a house and every inch of my body hurts.

But, just because I’m ‘staying-at-home’ doesn’t mean I don’t work. In addition to all my normal mommy duties, I run a blog and regularly write for other blogs, write short fiction (some published) and novels (not published yet), and dabble in freelancing.

Still, I have worries and doubts. I ask myself questions like:

Over the past six months, I’ve been writing an eBook about balancing motherhood and writing. As part of the research process, I interviewed busy moms who were also published novelists. Some of them are not only novelists, but also freelance writers or editors.

I wanted to use these interviews to show other aspiring novelist-moms (and myself) that parenthood, though challenging, isn’t a death sentence for  creativity or writing success.

Here are just eight of the many moms who’ve managed to combine their passions for parenthood with their passions for writing:

1. Therese Walsh

Yes, our very own Therese Walsh [2]—co-founder of Writer Unboxed—has done her time as a busy writer-mom. In fact, it was motherhood that prompted her to start writing fiction.

She’s a mother of two, and the author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy [3].

(Read Writer Unboxed’s Interview with Therese Walsh [4])

2. Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum [5] became a writer before she became a mother, but she’s now learned to adjust her writing life to accommodate parenthood, as she pens her third novel.

She’s a mother of one, and the author of The Opposite of Love [6] and After You [6].

(Read Writer Unboxed’s Interview with Julie Buxbaum [7])

3. Camille Noe Pagan

Beginning her writing career as a freelance journalist, Camille Noe Pagan [8] has now turned to writing fiction, in addition to caring for her children.

She’s a mother of two, and the author of The Art of Forgetting [9].

4. Kristina Riggle

Kristina Riggle [10]is not only a published novelist, she’s also the co-editor of Literary Mama [11], an online literary journal.

She’s a mother of two, and the author of Things We Didn’t Say [12], The Life You’ve Imagined [13], and Real Life & Liars [14].

(Read Writer Unboxed’s Interview with Kristina Riggle [15])

5. Anna Elliott

Another regular contributor to Writer Unboxed, Anna Elliot [16] wrote and sold her debut novel before her eldest daughter’s first birthday.

She’s a mother of two, and the author of Twilight of Avalon [17], Dark Moon of Avalon [18], and more.

(Read Writer Unboxed’s Interview with Anna Elliott [19])

6. Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund [20] manages to balance homeschooling her children with writing historical fiction, and she maintains an inspiring blog [21] for writers.

She’s a mother of five, and the author of The Preacher’s Bride [22] and The Doctor’s Lady [22].

7. Elizabeth Spann Craig

Highly active in social media, Elizabeth Spann Craig [23] (a.k.a Riley Adams) shares invaluable advice with writers through her blog [24] and Twitter, all while writing and publishing cozy mysteries.

She’s a mother of two, and the author of Finger Lickin’ Dead [25], Hickory Smoked Homicide [25], and more.

8. Jodi Picoult

Who hasn’t heard of Jodi Picoult [26]? She wrote many of her bestselling novels during her years as a young, busy mom.

She’s a mother of three, and the author of Sing You Home [27], House Rules [28]and more.

If you’re a busy mother who sometimes wonders if you’ll ever really have time to achieve your writing goals, I hope these amazing novelists will give you encouragement. I know I’ve been been inspired by learning more about them.

Until my children are older and more independent, I’ll use what time I do have wisely, and set reachable goals for my writing.

I’ll leave you with a handful of extra must-read articles for busy moms who write:

Photo courtesy of PhotograTree [33] 


About Suzannah Windsor Freeman [34]

Suzannah Windsor Freeman is a Canadian freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Writer, Sou'wester, Grist, Saw Palm, Anderbo, The Best of the Sand Hill Review, and others. She is the managing editor of Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing and Writeitsideways.com. She lives in Ontario with her husband and four children.