Some people consider seven to be a lucky number. In the Bible, seven is the number of perfection or completeness. There are seven colors in the rainbow and the recommended hours of sleep is seven. There were seven wonders of the ancient world. In 1994, my husband and I selected July 7 as our wedding day and our ceremony was at 7 o'clock.

Some people consider seven to be a lucky number.  In the Bible, seven is the number of perfection or completeness.  There are seven colors in the rainbow and the recommended hours of sleep is seven. There were seven wonders of the ancient world.  In 1994, my husband and I selected July 7 as our wedding day and our ceremony was at 7 o'clock.  
There's another anniversary for me this year - 2017 marks my seventh year as an author.
I've been a writer as long as I can remember, scribbling stories and poems.  Once I'd gathered a few bylines in various places, I became confident enough to say I am a writer.  But, to me, a writer and an author are not equal.  I know many people who give anyone who writes the title of author.  Some include writers with an unpublished book or novel.  For me, author was a title I long aspired to earn and seven years ago this month, I did.
By 2010, I had written several novels over time.  I rewrote, revised and submitted but eventually focused on one title, a novel I titled Kinfolk. When I wrote it, I didn't think about a genre and I didn't set out to write romance.  I simply wrote the story I envisioned, one that always began with the line "She stepped off the bus."  During the submission process, as I researched publishers and agents, I figured out I had written a romance.  So I began to market it that way.
Submission is difficult.  It takes in depth research to determine what publisher may be a good fit for your novel.  Writing a synopsis of the storyline is more difficult than writing the novel and condensing down the essence of the book into a cover blurb or description is hard.  Not only must the author write a short synopsis of the story, he or she must also make it intriguing, captivating, and catchy.
I submitted Kinfolk to over eighty publishers and agents.  I received feedback, good and bad.  I
On July 15, 2010 I received an email from an acquiring editor at Champagne Books.  Ecstatic, delighted, terrified, proud, humbled, and overwhelmed are just a few of the emotions I experienced.  I accepted and my introduction to the publishing process began.  I learned about cover art sheets, promotion, and editing.  By the end of the summer, I'd had another work, Wolfe's Lady, accepted by another publisher.  Other acceptances followed.  Kinfolk debuted in both print and electronic format in June 2011.
This year, I'm marking my seventh year as an author and my entry into the world of publishing.  Sometimes it seems impossible that it's been seven years and other times, it seems as if I've written novels forever.  Writing has always been a big part of my identity but becoming an author is and was the culmination of a lifelong goal.
Seven years later, there are more than two dozen books along with many more novellas, short stories, and essays.
I haven't experienced a seven year itch and the one thing I know is that there will be more books and stories.
Being an author isn't just what I do - it's who I am.

Lee Ann Murphy is a staff writer and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.