Every since I was a little girl I wanted to be a writer. I was always making up stories, and writing things down. I was born with an overactive imagination and as a kid I was constantly making up my own adventures and living in a somewhat fantasy world. I was always coming up with ideas for what my friends and I would “play”. We would write plays together and act out other story ideas I had.
As I grew older, my childhood memories never faded away. I still remember many of those stories I made up as a kid; stories I now hope to turn into bestselling novels. Of course, the books I end up with now will be more grown-up then when I was a child. Currently, I am working on a mystery/suspense novel. It is a little graphic at times and I was not a violent child.
I found over the years my writing maturing. When I was younger, my chapters were short with little dialogue and even fewer descriptions. I took a few writing classes over the years, and in each class I pick up at least one or two good points. The best piece of advice I ever received was, “To be a great writer, you must read.” You have to appeal to your readers and the best way to do that is to see what they are reading. Being an avid reader, this was an easy task for me. Over the years, I have expanded my horizons, explored new authors, and filled my bookshelf with mystery/suspense/romance novels, the genre I hope to publish in. Nora Roberts, Lisa Jackson, Iris Johanssen, Mary Higgins Clark, Wendy Corsi Staub, and Beverly Barton are just a few of my favorite authors.
Over the years, I have adapted a new writing style; one that is constantly improving. I have read and absorbed the works of others and now I am creating works of my own. Currently, I am writing my first novel. It is coming along great. I have noticed with each chapter I write, my style and writing improves. I can’t wait to finish the rough draft and go back and improve on it even more. Like I said, I have written many stories over the years; most are unfinished products of a teenage girl. I hope to someday go back and take my old writings and ideas and turn them into great novels.
This time in my life is exciting. I am doing the one thing I have always wanted to do, but have never had the extra time or money to do it. I am grateful for all the people who have helped me get to this place in my life. It is a wonderful, exciting journey and I can’t wait for the next step, which is becoming a published author. I hope I can influence and inspire people the way my favorite authors have done for me.