About Trish Milburn
The first book I ever wrote was a romance. I just didn’t know it yet. That book, Land of the Misty Gems, was a class project way back in the sixth grade. We wrote the text, illustrated them with colored pencils, even bound them with twine and pasted a fabric cover on our creations. I still have that book. It was the beginning of my writing career, even if until the early 1990s that writing consisted mainly of research papers and essay test questions and then newspaper articles.
Let’s back up a moment. I was born and grew up in Kentucky and began reading so long ago I don’t remember how it all started. I do remember loving a little book called The Runaway Pancake, then the regular treasures that would appear in our mailbox from the Weekly Reader Book Club, then books like the Little House on the Prairie series. The library was one of my favorite places. And even though being a bookworm didn’t do wonders for my social life when I was in my teens, I wouldn’t trade my love of books for the world.
That love of reading and writing has brought me joy and some of the most wonderful friends a girl could have, including the members of the Wet Noodle Posse, the Romance Bandits, and Music City Romance Writers.
Since I wasn’t a math genius and didn’t particularly have a passion for the frog dissection required in biology class, I gravitated naturally toward writing. So I began writing for the school paper in middle school and kept on writing for papers through the years immediately after I received my print journalism degree. Until I left to try my hand at writing at home full-time, I was a magazine editor/writer.
I was given my first romance to read during my teens by my friend Jennifer and her mom, Jeanie, and haven’t stopped reading them since. I began writing my first romance, a historical set along the Oregon Trail (the only historical I’ve written), while still in college. I got serious about writing and submitting for publication in 1996 when I was one of the charter members of our new local Romance Writers of America chapter, Music City Romance Writers. I’ve written contemporary romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, and young adult novels.
During my journey to publication, I finaled in RWA’s top award for unpublished manuscripts, the Golden Heart, eight times. I was fortunate enough to win the Golden Heart twice – in 2004 in Romantic Suspense and in 2007 for Young Adult. On July 24, 2007, I finally got “The Call” and sold my first two books, young adult titles, to Razorbill, a part of Penguin Young Readers Group. On Oct. 26, 2007, I was thrilled to sell two romances to Harlequin American.
My home since my dear hubby got out of graduate school has been in Tennessee, but I love to take road trips to the beach when it’s cold or places like Yellowstone National Park when it’s hot here in the South. I am a total National Park junkie and collect the official maps of each National Park Service unit I visit.
I’m happy to speak to RWA chapters, other writers’ groups, book or social clubs, schools, etc. These appearances can be in the form of Q&A sessions, book signings, presentations on various topics, writing workshops or any combination of these. Contact me for more information.
Workshops for Writers’ Groups
The following are workshops I currently offer to RWA chapters and other writers’ groups. Other topics will be considered upon request.
- Call Me Poseidon: My Three-Prong Approach to Publishing – This workshop covers the economic reasons for having multiple streams of writing income. I talk about the pros, cons and cautions related to large publishers, small publishers and self-publishing.
- Gentle Pruning or Slash and Burn: How to Approach Revisions and Editing – In this workshop, we’ll explore having the right mindset before starting revisions, knowing where to start and several helpful hints that will hopefully make your experience less painful.
- Not an Idiot Box: Using Your TV Addiction to Better Your Writing – The often-maligned TV can actually be a great source for writers searching for effective ways to craft their novels or short fiction. (Can be presented solo or along with fellow writer Tanya Michaels)
- Voice, Your Writing’s Fingerprint: – We’ll cover what voice is, types of voice and how you can develop your natural writing voice so that your writing stands out.
- Perseverance & Attitude: The Importance of Perseverance and Treating Your Writing Like a Career Even Before You Sell
- Making Your Setting Come Alive: This workshop will give lots of tips for how to make your book’s setting three-dimensional and filled with life.
- Pandora, Middle-Earth and Small Town America: World Building for the Writer – Whether you’re writing contemporary romance or fantasy novels set in imaginary worlds, world building is one key to making your stories memorable.
Workshops for Book or Social Groups
- How Did I Become a Writer? How Can You?
- Q&A sessions on specific books or topics
A Firefighter in the Family
Her Very Own Family
The Family Man
Elly: Cowgirl Bride
The Texan’s Cowgirl Bride
The Cowboy’s Secret Son
Cowboy to The Rescue
The Cowboy Sheriff
Her Perfect Cowboy
Having the Cowboy’s Baby
A Cowboy in Her Stocking
Marrying the Cowboy
The Doctor’s Cowboy
Her Cowboy Groom
The Heart of a Cowboy
Home on the Ranch
A Rancher to Love
The Heart of the Matter
The Dark Night
Out of Sight
Hill Country Hearts
In Harm’s Way
Love in Peril
Safe in His Arms
Out of the Night
Swept Away for Christmas
Cloudy with a Chance of Love
A Place in Her Heart
Tiny Treats: A Holiday Collection
Tiny Treats 2: A St. Patrick’s Day Collection
Living in Color
Dress Me in Wildflowers