I attended CJP when I was part-way through 25 years of representing children in abuse and neglect legal proceedings. I probably had vague dreams of making a career shift, because a little bit of children welfare law goes a long way.
I did shift careers, though it took another 15 years. Now I write romance novels for a living, and I love my job. Genre fiction is happily subversive, promising readers tales of transformation, personal healing, justice triumphing, relationships deepening, and individual efforts making big differences. I delight in the fact that I can entertain readers while I also stand up for values that matter to me. I don’t regret the lawyer years, but I do wish there hadn’t been quite so many of them.