Wednesday, April 25, 2012


What do you do when your schedule is full to bursting and the juggling act is next to impossible? My guest, para-romance author Sara Humphreys faced just such a situation. But, I'll let her tell you about it.

For the past few years I’ve been juggling my family (I’m married and we have four boys), a full-time job, side gigs from time-to-time with Taney Speaker Training (my company) and a writing career.  It’s been exhausting but exhilarating as well. However, the grind of doing it all was taking a toll on me and I realized that something had to give.

So what are the options?

1. Give up the family. Not in this lifetime. Not in any scenario. Family is everything. 
            Ok…clearly not giving up the family. What else?
2. Give up writing. Not happening. First of all, I’m contracted for two series and I’ve got    more books to deliver. Secondly, I love writing. I adore creating new characters and weaving a unique world for the readers to get lost in
            Ok…not giving up the writing. What else?
3. Resign from my full-time job and build Taney Speaker Training into the company I know it can be. Hmmmm. This one had possibilities. Let’s look at the pros and cons.
Pros:  Work for myself doing something I love. Work out of my home office, which will give me both the time and flexibility to accommodate my family and write.             Cons: No steady paycheck.
          Yikes. That’s a big-ass con.

My husband and I sat down for a major heart-to-heart and discussed the options.  Our boys are in middle school and high school and they’re going to need me around now more than ever. Time is flying by and I don’t want to miss out on this special time in their lives but I still need to make a living.  No matter how many times we went over it…we kept coming back to the same thing.

Option #3.

The interesting thing is that once we decided that #3 was the obvious choice…doors began to open for my company, Taney Speaker Training.  Within about two weeks, I had four or five potential gigs come my way and proposals starting to go out. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? The universe seemed to be sending signals that I’m making the right choice.

I’ll be honest and admit that I’m terrified.  I’m aware of the risks. I vacillate between being excited about what the future holds and wanting to vomit for not knowing what exactly that might be.
I worry that my books won’t sell or that my company won’t get proposals but on the other hand…I can envision success and feel as though it’s within my reach.

At the end of the day, this is an enormous leap of faith. I’m going to practice what I preach and follow my passion.  If I don’t try…then I’ll never know.

Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and leap.

  • How about you? Have you ever made a giant leap of faith?


She should be seen, but never touched… 

Kerry Smithson's modeling career ensures that she will be admired from afar, which is essential since mere human touch sparks blinding pain and terrifying visions. 

Every good model needs a heavenly bodyguard… 

Dante Coltari is hired to protect Kerry from those who know who she is—or more importantly what she is—and want her dead because of it. Nothing could have prepared him for the challenge of keeping her safe. But, strangely, his lightest touch brings her exquisite pleasure rather than pain, and Dante and Kerry have an otherwordly connection that might just pull them through. EXCERPT

Red-hot love scenes punctuate a well-plotted suspense story that will keep readers turning pages as fast as they can.
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives with her husband--who is very considerate of her double life--and four amazing boys, in Bronxville, New York. For more information, please visit, Website. Like her on Facebook!/authorsara. Follow her on Twitter.


~Sia McKye~ said...

Sara, welcome to OVER COFFEE and the other side of the table. You've been here in comments but I'm so glad you could come as a guest.

I just finished reading Untouched. Wow! Excellent storytelling.

There were some nice surprises in the story but it was such an engrossing tale to read. I thoroughly enjoyed your characters and your world.

I can't wait for William's story--from the preview, I already love your heroine, and William...I have a feeling his feathers are about to be ruffled. A lot. He needs it, lol!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Excellent post Sara, thanks Sia for hosting, a wonderful read.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Excellent post Sara, thanks Sia for hosting, a wonderful read.


Carolyn Brown said...

Sara, good luck with your decision. I made the same one about fourteen years ago and haven't looked back one time.

Jo said...

Hope all goes well for you.

Thanks for sharing Sia.

L.G.Smith said...

Well, I think it's awesome you made the leap. And I think there is some validity to believing the universe is agreeing with your decision. Sometimes all we have to do is point ourselves in the right direction and suddenly we can see the road we're supposed to be on.

DL Hammons said...

Such a terrifying leap indeed! Kudo's to your husband for supporting you in that decision! :)

farawayeyes said...

I've taken these kind of leaps all of my life. Most times it has turned out for the good. The few that didn't were because I was wanting more than the inspiration held. Even those were great learning experiences. In life, you gotta got for it and make it count.

Hi Sia, nice to meet you.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Leap of faith, for me, is usually at the end of considering several options and letting them mull.

LG, so true.

Don, I thought it cool that the two of them sat down and problem solved.

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi Sia--Thank you so very much for having me here today! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Untouched and I hope more readers will check it out. And you're right about William, his feathers need major ruffling and Layla is just the woman to do it.

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi Yvonne-_I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks for coming by.

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi Carolyn--I'm glad to hear that it worked out for you. As long as I can pay the bills while I do'll be all good.

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi Jo--me too and thank you for stopping in!

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi L.G.--Agreed! I read The Secret a few years ago and it most definitely changed my outlook on things. Let's hope this leap works out :)

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi DL--You are correct. My husband is wonderful. I'm a lucky woman.

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi Farawayeyes--Let's hope this is one of those "good" leaps. I'm glad to hear it's worked out well for you...we shall see...

~Sia McKye~ said...

Sara, a good leap is one you've prepared for and it sounds like you have.

When is William and Layla's story out? Not that I'm impatient or anything. Much. lol!

Anonymous said...

Family does come first! I took advantage of a layoff to write my books. Now I miss work and would like to go back at least part time.

And good luck Sarah with your writing!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Sia. I saw your comment on my Vertigo (V post) just now and came over to meet you. I see you have four children, all boys. I have three girls and one boy, but I'm older than you are so they're all married except my disabled daughter, and have given me grandchildren. YES. Family is top priority. I would give up everything else if I had to for them, but usually He doesn't require this. I see you live on a ranch. How fun. I would like to have a ranch nearby to retreat to. Good luck with your writing, and thanks for stopping by.

And to Sara: It sounds like you are indeed a lucky woman. Good luck with your books.
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Hi Sia and Sara. Well, Sara, with a cover like that your book can't help but sell. Congratulations on being brave enough to make changes.


Sara Humphreys said...

Hi Stephen--I'm sure to be busy with Taney Speaker Training and more books to write. Let's just hope it's lucrative. LOL

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi Ann-I look forward to the days when I'll be covered in grandchildren. Enjoy!

Sara Humphreys said...

Hi Denise--I sure hope so xo

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm the oddball - I like what I do for a living and don't want to quit. Love my wife, enjoy blogging, so writing will just be slow.

Tracy Jo said...

Hi Sara, Congrats on the leap! I took that same leap last year, quit corporate life and started my photography business. I felt the same way...scared and excited. It was totally worth it and am loving it! The universe is telling you that you made the right decision. :-) Great guest, Sia!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, that's a plus. It's important to enjoy what we do in life--so it's good you enjoy job, blogging, music, and writing. I guess we can wait for the next book. :-) If we have to.

Tracy Jo Thank you. I do have some wonderful guests and I love having them!

I'm with you on the universe pointing us to the correct direction and then reinforcing it with rewards.

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