Getting the Call: Meet Madeline Martin!

The week we’re pleased to introduce Harlequin Historical’s newest author, Madeline Martin. Read her call story below!

Writing has given me a lot in my life. It’s given me confidence when I had none, it gave me back my identity when I felt like I lost it after motherhood, and it gave me a reason to keep going through the darkest days of adulthood.

This is a lot to get out of writing, I know, but to understand the impact of my call story, you must understand how much writing is threaded within my heart. Somewhere between graduating college and having my second child, when my world was filled with pureeing baby food and wellness appointments for the kids, and an endless loop of cooking and cleaning and working, I sort of misplaced myself…until I went to my first local writer’s meeting.

People there weren’t just asking me about whose wife I was or which child was mine. They were asking me about my books and my characters; about me. I was no longer someone’s something, I was me and for the first time in what felt like a long time, I had worth on my own.

I began writing in earnest after that. I got up at 4:30AM every morning to write before the kids had school and I had work, and I wrote on my 15 minute non-smoker breaks at work. I wrote in any pocket of time my family was sleeping or away. It was then a dream really took root within me, not only to publish, but to be an author like the ones who wrote for Harlequin.

Several years later, I found myself going through a heartbreaking divorce after 13 years of being together. I wasn’t published at the time, but I was still writing. Many mornings I was already awake when my alarm went off at 4:30AM and I laid there, staring at my ceiling with tears leaking from my eyes. I know, it sounds terribly dramatic, but it was truly the most awful time in my life. I cannot tell you how many of those mornings I lay there and thought to myself, “What is the point of getting up and writing today?” But I did it anyway. It wasn’t easy, more times than not, my writing felt hollow to me, a husk of the love it’d once been. But I feared that if I stopped, I would lose it forever. So I wrote and as time went on and my heart healed, the magic came back to my words.

Several more years, six full length novels, six novellas (and an upcoming five book series) published under a small press and through indie publication later, I still held the dream to be an author with one of the major publishing houses. That’s when the call came.

I was at work and my phone rang with an unknown number that ended up being my agent, Laura Bradford. She told that Harlequin Historical wanted a two book deal with me. My office was dead quiet and I had to keep my voice low as I was talking. It was the most exciting, super quiet moment of my life. Afterward, I went for a walk to wrap my brain around the news, grateful for my sunglasses, because I just couldn’t stop crying. Harlequin Historical, the very embodiment of romance novels in my mind, wanted my books.

I think back often to that despondent me from so many years ago, who listened to the alarm clock going off while silently crying and thinking “What’s the point?” And now I know, this was the point. Because in addition to all the other things writing has given me in my life, it also gave me my dream come true.

Side note: Contrary to how it appears in this post, I promise I really don’t cry very often.

Thank you to the wonderful Harlequin Historical family who have welcomed me so warmly. I am honored and proud and beyond grateful to be your newest member.

NEW AUTHOR ALERT! I am delighted to welcome @MadelineMMartin to the Harlequin Mills & Boon family. Madeline writes Historical romance & her fabulous debut book, How to Tempt a Duke, is out in December. Welcome Madeline! @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon #HarlequinHistorical— Laurie Johnson (@lauriecprescott) 3 May 2019

40 replies on “Getting the Call: Meet Madeline Martin!”

Madeline – you’re such a wonderful writer and I’m thrilled you’ve joined the Harlequin Historical line! Can’t wait to read your book!

Such a brilliant call story. I totally get the misplacing yourself bit and how writing helped. Congratulations on your success and I look forward to reading your debut Harlequin novel!

It’s a wonder how it can happen – thank goodness for writing ❤️

Thank you so much! ❤️

What a great story of struggle and dreams come true. I am so happy for you and hope to enjoy many more of your stories in the future.

Thank you so much, Denise! I’ve got worlds of stories rolling around in my head and can’t wait to share them ❤️❤️❤️

Aww, so heartfelt– I got all emotional reading your call story, Madeline.
Big hugs and Congratulations. xxm

Thank you so much, Margie – I confess I got a little emotional when I was writing it <3 ***hugs right back to you*** <3

That is a wonderful story. I have loved all of your books and I know you’ll be a great asset for Harlequin.

Thank you so, so much for always being such a big supporter of my writing ❤️❤️❤️

I’m so proud of you! I wish you could have screamed with excitement! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read these .

Thank you so much, Linda ❤️❤️❤️ I love that I got to share the news a little early with you ❤️

I usually don’ t comment on these, but I’m happy for you. Good for you for pushing through and finding your own HEA. Congrats.

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on this and for the well wishes ❤️❤️❤️

Madeline, I’ve loved your highland women. I can’t wait to see you bring that same strength and sass to the Harlequin Historicals.

I think you are very brave for stepping forward to share the painful details of your life to inspire others…I think what you have gone through rings true for a lot of women. That your healing through writing has enabled you to succeed and give others encouragement is the greatest gift of all. Thank you.

Thank you so, so much, Betty. I agree – I think a lot of women have gone through similar situations. I hope this helps encourage anyone going through a tough time as we always come out stronger. ❤️❤️❤️

Congratulations on achieving your dream of writing for Harlequin.
Your story is inspiring – showing great strength of character, perseverance through difficult times, and ultimate triumph. You’re living the heroine’s journey.
Thank you for sharing your story. All your experiences will make your characters and their stories richer. I look forward to reading your books. Kudos to you.

I know how you feel.. thank you for the inspiration to keep writing.. there is a light at the end of the page… much love and blessings. Congratulations

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