Some people look back throughout their lives and can remember writing from a young age. That is not me. What I remember, is reading. As a young girl, my mom and I were often side by side, reading books, magazines, or newspapers. By the time I was eleven, I was reading whatever she had just finished. In high school, I often had several books going. Ones for school; others for fun, but I never imagined that one day I would actually write a novel of my own.
The other thing I look back on was (and is) my love of relationships in television and movies. Long before I knew what shippers and shipping were, that’s exactly what I was doing. Character interactions were always very important to me, and often kept my attention, even if the writing was bad, or the show was destined to fail. When I stumbled onto internet communities and found out that fan-fiction was a thing, I was totally hooked. People were writing their own versions of situations with their favorite characters, and it was extremely satisfying to see these characters getting together, professing their love for each other, or whatever else that was not happening in the series currently.
Since I was instantly hooked on this idea of fan-fiction, I had to try writing stories about my favorite characters at the time. And let me tell you, they were really bad stories. Not the subject matter so much, but the writing. Absolutely awful. But, you have to start somewhere, and encouraged by amazing friends, some who have become incredible writers themselves, I kept at it. Years later, the majority of my writing was only being shared with one person, but we enjoyed the little world we created, and I decided to expand my fan-fiction to several different series – some of which are available on AO3 – but the majority of them are still under wraps. I also wrote lots of original fiction. Mostly short stories, until one year I decided to try Nanowrimo. Finally, a novel came out of nowhere, but I couldn’t imagine what to do with it after that.
So the novel went on the shelf, the fan-fiction and original short stories continued, but it was always on my mind to do something more with it. Last year, I had the honor of watching my good friend, Julia Simpson, publish her first Novel Ashes Swept and as she went through the process, I wondered if my novel was good enough to publish. Julia – who has read it through once and is helping me with my edits – seems to think so, and I really hope that anyone that decides to read it, does too. At the end of the day though, this is a goal I’ve set for myself, and I am looking forward to going through the process.
That’s my origin story.
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