All 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.

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 many amazing writers in Romance Writers of America.

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.

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.

I am constantly looking for new ways to live a healthier lifestyle and to keep those efforts interesting so I don’t let them slide. After all, now that I’ve accomplished the goal of becoming a published author, I want that part of my life to last a good, long time.

For the story of how I started the Healthy Writer blog and its journey since its launch, see the About Us page.
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Trish's News & Fun Facts
  • I love to hike and have the dream of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail.
  • I’m a total National Park junkie! I want to visit all 392 units within the National Park Service.
  • I’m a county counter. I have a big map on my wall of all the counties in every state, and I highlight them when I’ve visited them.
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A Farewell

Four years ago, I started the Healthy Writer blog to document my own journey to becoming a healthier person. Writing is a sedentary career by its very nature, so it’s easy for the pounds to creep on before we realize it if we don’t take care with what we eat and exercise regularly. I’ve been honored to have others join me here on the blog, both regular bloggers and guests, people who have shared their own journeys in hopes of inspiring and helping others.

But as with many good things, it’s time to say goodbye to the blog. Our lives have become increasingly busy — three of us have crazy writing deadlines, one is planning her wedding, and we’re all just busy with life’s demands. It doesn’t mean we’re abandoning our pursuit of healthier lives, far from it. But when lives get so busy that the to-do lists continually stress us out, it’s time to cut back.

I’d like to thank everyone who has ever visited the blog, commented, guested or given us support in any way. It’s been much appreciated, and I wish you all happy, healthy, successful times in the days and years ahead. To paraphrase the Dos Equis commercials, “Stay healthy, my friends.”

A Different Way of Celebrating

Today is my birthday, and on many birthdays past I’ve celebrated with cake and other foods that have added to my waistline. But this year I’m celebrating with healthier foods. I think today I’ll have a yummy grilled chicken salad for lunch. And I’ll go walking, quite possibly with my husband who is able to […]

Making Exercise Fun

Finally, after several wet, dreary, cold-for-May days, the sun came out yesterday. Yes, I have a to-do list a mile long, but as luck would have it some of that work I could do while enjoying a walk at a nearby park. See, I’m listening to one of my books on audio to approve it […]

The Emotions Behind My Eating Habits

Chances are most if not all of the people reading this post would classify themselves as emotional eaters, at least part of the time. I know I am. There are many reasons people either overeat or eat the wrong things when their emotions get the better of them, but they all lead to the same […]

Sometimes life is a roller coaster

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Thus begins A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. My life has felt much the same this month and has taken me through a roller coaster ride filled with highs and lows. On March 5, I was honored to learn that I’d […]

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