I decided I was going to be an author when I was two years old. I filled an entire notebook with pictures drawn with my box of trusty crayons. I couldn’t write yet, but I had the words all planned out in my head. While dictating to my parents, I got mad when they tried to edit me.
I hadn’t learned the benefit of editors yet.
When I was in seventh grade, I wrote my first “novel,” a whopping 100-page, large-font book. I gave it to one of my teachers to read. I thought he would tell me it was wonderful and should be published.
Instead, he kindly told me that the journey to publication was a series of baby steps. I had just made my first baby step. At first I was disappointed. After thinking about it for a long time, I realized he was right. I had a lot to learn. I set out to learn as much as I could.
And quickly learned I wasn’t taking baby steps. I was still learning to crawl.
Still, I pushed myself to read books on writing and pay attention during writing classes in high school. When I had my career counseling appointment, I promptly told my counselor that I already knew my career. I was going to be an author.
He didn’t know what to do with me.
Writing wasn’t a smart career choice. It didn’t have a steady pay or guarantee of a job after graduation. The career counselor advised that I go into teaching and write on the side. I signed up for college, picked my classes, and headed off to my first classes in my new career of teaching.
That only lasted six weeks.
Six weeks into my classes, I realized that teaching was a job that needed wholehearted passion. I didn’t have that for teaching. Only for writing. So, I confessed to my parents that I was switching my major. They supported me as they had throughout all my childhood writing endeavors. My writing classes in college gave me the confidence to take my dream to a reality.
My debut novel Dare released June 2 with Sword & Cross Publishing, my own indie imprint. I keep also busy by writing for the Little Lights page in the Beacon Lights magazine and working my day job as an administrative assistant.
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