AURORA -- To some people, writing is a hobby to dabble with late at night or on rainy days when there is nothing else to do.
But not for 40-year-old Chelle Bliss, whose work has appeared on USA Today's best-sellers list 10 times.
For Bliss, a 1995 Aurora High graduate, writing is a full-time business she works at from the time she wakes up until well after the evening sun has set.
She writes, designs her covers, markets, advertises and sells her works, which are available online at various retailers in e-book, paperback print and audio book or at www.chellebliss.com.
"The only person I hire is an editor," she said. "And the writing is only about 10 percent to 15 percent of my time. I work more than I've ever worked with any other job, but I do it because I love it."
The author of 17 books since 2013 is spending the summer in Aurora before returning home to Florida, but she is not on vacation and is always working.
"I also answer all my emails, messages and tweets," she said.
Bliss is a writer of romance novels, which includes the following series: "The Men of Inked," "ALFA PI" and "Love at Last." Each series contains several titles.
She also has penned stand alone novels "Misadventures of a City Girl," which will be released in September; "Enshrine," "Top Bottom Switch," "Dirty Secret," "Dirty Work" and "Rebound."
Bliss hit the USA Today bestseller list with "Worship Me," which was the seventh novel in the "Men of Inked' series.
"My next release is on Sept. 12 and co-written by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Meredith Wild, and is titled 'Misadventures of a City Girl,' which is being publishing by Waterhouse Press," according to Bliss.
Bliss earned a bachelor's degree in history from Cleveland State University and a master's degree in English from Notre Dame College of Ohio. Before writing, she was a teacher.
Romance was Bliss' favorite genre to read. "I like the happy story," Bliss said. "That's mainly why I picked it and it is where I felt most comfortable and had the most rabid readers."
According to Bliss, many readers have become friends over the years. She plans to stay with romance, but could venture into the young adult market, she said.
When did she first discover she liked to write?
"I started writing my first novel in early 2013 and thought I'd give it a try and see if I could do it," she said. "It was more of a personal challenge. But soon after, I fell in love and knew there was nothing else I'd rather do."
Bliss is the only writer in her family and began by writing poems and stories while in school, she said.
"I had been writing poems and silly stories since high school, but usually to entertain my friends," Bliss said. "I didn't think about publishing anything until self-publishing skyrocketed in 2012."
And while Bliss rode the self-publishing wave, her books have been recognized nationally while making the USA Today list.
According to Bliss she writes for the love of it. "On days when I can't find time to write, I notice I'm cranky," she said. "I have a need to pour the words onto the page. It's therapeutic and rewarding."
Bliss has a pride in her craft and a love for her friends.
"I take pride in my work and love each and every one of my readers," she said. "I don't call them fans, they're friends. I'm invested in their lives as much as they are in mine.
"I never thought I'd be a full-time writer, chasing my dreams, but here I am. Never let anyone tell you that you're not good enough. You'll never know unless you face your fears and do what everyone else thought was impossible."
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