I’m inspired by other writers, their successes, their failures, their experiences and the generous nature of their willingness to share how their own writing journey has gone. Recently successful writer Kate James shared advice she’d received from several other writers who’d inspired her. In brief their most important messages included: believe in yourself, keep writing, and persevere no matter what. When I wrote to thank her for inspiring me, she kindly made me aware of a Harlequin contest I might be interested in. Not only was the Harlequin Heartwarming ‘Write From the Heart’ Contest an amazing opportunity for me, but Kate took the time and effort to mentor me on how to make my initial submission the best it could be. I’ve made it to Stage 2 of the contest and hope to advance even further. Sure, I’d love to win, and hope I do! But most importantly, when opportunity knocks … answer it!