I started this journey three years ago.
Ok, not valid. I started it when I was about ten and had just read S.E. Hinton's Outsiders for the first time and thought....wow, words are fucking awesome. Shortly after I am pretty sure I wrote the world's first fanfiction staring my own version of Johnny Cade. I am only kind of joking.
As a kid and a teen, I wrote constantly; poems, short stories, limericks, haikus, just anything with words. And I read. Christ, I read at least a book a day. And then I found romance. It both shocked and fascniated me and I never looked back.
I wrote maybe half a dozen half finished novels about this boyband member or that movie star before I sat down and started something for real. And then scrapped it and wanted to give up. And then one day, my first book - Let It Burn - came to me and I wrote and wrote and wrote...too much and not suprberly but I kept writing. And I haven't stopped.
But I am shy and awkward at best and antisocial and withdrawn at worst. And so I wrote and kept my head down and tried to meet authors and readers and fumbled my way through marketing I didn't understand. But I kept writing. I mean, I wasn't selling, but I was writing.
And then I tried to help other people like me. People who just want to write because it fufills their souls. And I met some great people some of who I am very blessed to call friends. I realized that I will probably never be a USA Today bestseller or have my story turned into a movie--not that I want that we all know the movie is never as good as the book--but it doesn't matter.
I write because its in my heart and soul.
And still, I am missing something. I hid for a very long time behind my pen name and still kind of do. I rather not though. I rather get to know readers and authors and bloggers and share with them parts of me beyond my books.
This year I told myself I was going to learn, learn, learn all I can about being an author. About the marketing and what I should and should not be doing. But I learned one thing right away
I need to share myself just as much as I need to share my words.
May have started this journey a few years ago but I still enjoy the ride and I am looking forward to letting you all in on it with me!