June 14, 2011

Made It Moment: Kristie Leigh Maguire

Filed under: Made It Moments — jenny @ 8:22 am

Desert Heat

This Made It Moment achieves two things I love. First, it’s by an author I met in an online writing (reading) forum. I enjoy spending time in such places second only to bookstores probably. Second, Kristie Leigh is one of the kindest, gracious most people I’ve ever met in one, and her attitude toward this crazy business is both realistic and affirming. Read on and I think you’ll see what I mean.

Kristie Leigh Maguire

I am my own worst enemy. I am tougher on myself than my harshest critic is. Even though I am a multi-published award-winning author, I hesitate in saying I have made it as an author.

Is any writer ever satisfied with their work? I am not. I always think there is something else I should have done, or something I did that I shouldn’t have done. When I reach a goal I have set for myself, I set new goals. I constantly push myself to do more, to climb that next rung of the ladder.

I hesitate in saying I have had a Made it Moment. It’s like a gambler carrying a rabbit’s foot in his pocket to keep from jinxing himself. If I say I have had a Made it Moment, will I be jinxing myself? I will take the risk (and cross my fingers behind my back).

My Made it Moment came after the publication of my first novel, Desert Heat. Desert Heat won Romance of the Year and I won Best Up and Coming Romance Author of the Year in the Affaire de Coeur Magazine Reader Poll.

That didn’t stop me from setting new goals though. Could I do it again? Could my next novel also be a hit? It was. Cabin Fever, my second novel, placed in the Top Ten in Romance at the Preditors & Editors Poll.

New goals set and reached. No Lady and Her Tramp, my third novel that I co-authored with Mark Haeuser, also placed in the Top Ten in Romance in the Preditors & Editors Poll.

I am still setting goals, always striving to go higher on that ladder in my mind. As I said, I am my own worst enemy…but I can finally say I am a real author.

Kristie Leigh Maguire is an award-winning, multi-published author. Her current titles are Second Chances, Affairs of the Heart: Desert Heat and Cabin Fever (Collector’s Edition), Desert Heat, Cabin Fever, Emails from the Edge: Memoirs of an Expat Wife, and co-author of No Lady and Her Tramp.

She was voted Best Up and Coming Author of the Year and her novel Desert Heat was voted Romance of the Year by the Affaire de Coeur Magazine Reader/Writer Poll. Her novels Cabin Fever and No Lady and Her Tramp placed in the Top Ten in the Preditor & Editor’s Poll.

Although Kristie Leigh Maguire is originally from the South and will always remain Southern at heart, she and her husband now live in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. During her expatriate years she lived in St. Croix, Aruba, Thailand, Japan and three times in Saudi Arabia and visited many other countries.


  1. Kristie,

    I think many of us are our own worst critics, but you’ve enjoyed great success, so enjoy it, which is also tough for some of us. :)
    Congrats on your awards. Now you got to get back on the computer and put out another one.

    Much continued success,


    Comment by Rick Murcer — June 14, 2011 @ 8:35 am

  2. Very true words, Kristie! But I would say that winning Romance of the Year, is definitely a Made it Moment! And I am POSITIVE that there are many more to come for you.

    Comment by Karen Cantwell — June 14, 2011 @ 9:05 am

  3. It is good to see that a successful author like Kristie has the same feelings of insecurity at times that aspiring writers suffer. Yet she perservered and has had great success in her career. That inspires me!

    Comment by Connie J Jasperson — June 14, 2011 @ 9:14 am

  4. Hey Kristie, Here’s to many more Made It Moments.


    Comment by Nancy Morse — June 14, 2011 @ 9:37 am

  5. Thank you so much, Jenny, for your very kind words about me and for posting my Made It Moment! You’re such a sweetheart. :)

    My thanks to Nancy, Connie, Karen, and Rick for taking the time to read and comment. Ya’ll are the best!

    Jenny, I am so happy that you reached YOUR Made It Moment! It makes my heart happy to see good things happen to good people.


    Comment by Kristie Leigh Maguire — June 14, 2011 @ 10:15 am

  6. Great post! Enjoy your new life in the Virgin Islands, Kristie.

    Comment by Helen Smith — June 14, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  7. Thanks, Helen!

    Comment by Kristie Leigh Maguire — June 14, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

  8. I think Kristie’s success is no doubt due to her humble attitude. She is obviously always pushing herself to do better and better, rather than getting comfortable with the status quo. Thank you, Kristie, for being so honest!

    Comment by Maryann McFadden — June 15, 2011 @ 7:44 am

  9. Maryann, thank you for your comments. You are exactly right. I am never comfortable with the status quo.

    Comment by Kristie Leigh Maguire — June 16, 2011 @ 8:09 am

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