One of the questions I hear frequently from people, when they find out I’m an author, is “Did you always want to be a writer?”
When I first started fielding this question, my initial response was, “No, I’ve only been writing for about five years.” But as I delve deeper into this writing life, I realize story-spinning has been a part of my make-up for as long as I can remember. Now that I’ve been doing this for awhile, I can see the early-warning signs.
Junior High/Middle School…let’s just say that time is best forgotten by everyone, everywhere, for all time and eternity, amen.
• A horse. ( A MUST)
• A dog
• A teenage girl
• A teenage boy
• A high-wire act and some clowns. ( I KNOW! Don’t judge!)
As you can see from the above list, I’m still in shock that this book has never been published. But by the age of 15, I had written a novel. I still have it if Random House or G.P. Putnam’s Sons ever come knocking.
In college, I honed my skills further, though I didn’t realize it at the time. I had my eye on a certain boy from Minnesota (and over the next year I ran just fast enough for him to catch me—next week we’ll celebrate our 21st Anniversary.) Several other girls in the dorm had their eyes on certain fellows, and at night, we would gather in the lounge down the hall and discuss things (boys!). I’m not sure how it happened, but when the conversation swung around to me, I found myself designing perfect dates for each of the girls with their ‘guy of the moment/dreams.’ Everyone would be quiet, and I’d tell a story—weave a romance—for each girl, from the setting to the clothes to the moment Prince Charming popped the question. I’m sure a lot of it was pretty sappy, but by the time I was 18, I’d found my genre—Romance. And I’d found out how to go for an emotional response in a listener/reader.
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