I could have just as easily titled this “Random Self-Indulgence,” but if you’re coming with me on this publication journey, maybe you’d like to know how it all started.
That pretty much sums it up. I’ve been writing since I learned how. When I was ten, I decided to write a novel about a girl and her family heading west in a covered wagon. But Laura Ingalls Wilder sort of beat me to that one.
Undaunted, I headed into middle school where an assignment to write a short story prompted me to pen 30 handwritten pages about a cheerleader with multiple personalities who goes on a killing spree. I got a 98%. My teacher explained that nothing was ever perfect, a lesson that’s still with me today. Mission accomplished, Mrs. Williams.
In high school, I wrote on and off until I discovered fan fiction. Writing turned into a passion as I realized that I had a knack for dialogue and voice…as long as those voices belonged to someone else’s characters. Slowly, I built up a following online and over the years, I learned so much about the craft of writing just by trial and error.
I entered Florida State as a Theatre major, but switched at the last minute and ended up getting a degree in Creative Writing. I loved the program; one of my great regrets is that I didn’t get to take more classes before the rush to graduate on time.
After college, I kept writing, mostly online, although I won a contest on eHarlequin and penned a couple of TV scripts which did not get me into the Disney Writing Fellowship:( With my mind set on becoming a TV writer anyway, I moved to Los Angeles.
Ironically, living in the land of script writers made me turn back to novels. I joined the Los Angeles chapter of the Romance Writers of America, an amazing group of women (and a few men) who are supportive and encouraging and, above all things, kind and generous. I took a class at UCLA and met two wonderful and funny women’s fiction writers, Megan Crane and Liza Palmer. Surrounded by all of that inspiration, I was able to finally finish a project.
So, here I am, with one completed manuscript, a dozen half-finished novels on my hard drive, and a desire to write that has only gotten stronger with time.
If you’re reading this, you have probably helped in my journey so far, and for that, I thank you. Here’s to the next leg!