I read C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe when I was five years old. Looking back, that doesn't seem like such an amazing accomplishment, but it was the first chapter book I managed to conquer on my own, and through that experience, I fell in love with the written word. It didn't take long to realize I wanted not only to enjoy the stories of others, but to create my own as well.
I started writing stories and poems in the fourth grade. I'm afraid they were all rather dreadful, but I had a warm, encouraging teacher who saw a spark of potential in me. She urged me to keep writing, not only during the short time I was in her care, but several times over a span of fifteen years. Every time we ran into one another, she'd ask how the writing was coming.
Many times, the answer was less than satisfactory. After the writing frenzy I experienced during middle and high school, which saw me through many student writing conferences and competitions, I stalled out. The first place prize I'd won for my short story, a schmaltzy romance between a geeky girl and the school sports hero, seemed more like an embarrassment than an accomplishment. The epic fantasy novel I'd started writing at the age of twelve sat on an unused desktop, unfinished. The young adult romance novella I'd thought was such an accomplishment in tenth grade, the one I'd printed out and distributed among friends with pride, made my cheeks heat in shame. I wasn't sure that I'd ever write again, nevertheless finish a book worth reading.
But in 2014, something changed. I'd finished college, gotten married, and started a career, but as the whirlwinds calmed and I settled into my new routine, something felt missing. I didn't feel like I was accomplishing anything. After some encouragement from my husband and insight from a local author, I set to work, determined to write another novel. And this time, I would finish.
Three years later, and I have a completed series, a novella, and a collection of short stories under my belt. It's been a wild ride, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope you'll join me on this adventure. I hope you like cats, babies, Pokémon GO, and Netflix binges.