I have been writing since I was nine years old. English composition was my favorite class in school. I didn’t live near my friends growing up so I would spend a lot of time in my room writing. I apprenticed for our local newspaper in junior high, wrote for our local college paper, and wrote articles for various web sites throughout my writing career.
I also have my Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. However, it wasn’t until 2015 that I started my professional author career. I wasn’t exactly sure where to start. I knew I wanted to publish a book, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about it.
On January 1, 2014, I saw a segment on CBS This Morning about an author named Jasinda Wilder who published her first book on the platform Smashwords. I was astounded because I didn’t know anything about self-publishing at the time. That day I promised myself that I would publish my first book a year later.
It was a bit of a learning curve but a year and four months later, I published my first book of poetry, Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise. My second book of poetry, The Safety Of Objects and my first children’s book, Don’t Eat Your Boogers (You’ll Turn Green) followed the same year.
In 2017 I published my third book of poetry, Shadow Of Soul and in 2018 I published my second children’s book, Brock’s Bad Temper (And The Time Machine). I’m currently working on my the first book in my new family saga series, due later this year.
I get a lot of my ideas from things I have experienced and lived through and people I have known. Sometimes an idea will come to me and I have to go write it down right away.
My next book is about a country music singer who loses it all and has to find his way back to the spotlight. He is faced with many challenges and setbacks along the way. It’s coming along well and I can’t wait to publish it.
I also love to read. Some of my favorite authors are Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks, Karen Kingsbury, James Patterson, and Ava Miles when it comes to fiction. I also like to read non-fiction books as well. Some of my favorite non-fiction authors are Jon Acuff, Jonathan Green, and Dave Ramsey. These are just the tip of the iceberg.
Some of my favorite books include The Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, Redemption by Karen Kingsbury, Serve No Master and Breaking Orbit by Jonathan Green, and Quitter, START, Do Over, and Finish by Jon Acuff just to name a few. I could go on and on.
When I’m not writing, I love to cook and bake. I also enjoy connecting online with my long distance friends and spending time in both chain and used bookstores. I also like to spend time with my husband and our two furry children.
An orange, one-eyed tabby cat named Colin and a sable colored rabbit with a diva personality named Abby. I am a chocoholic and love all kinds of music (especially Christina metal). I also love romantic comedies when it comes to movies.
The path to writing and publishing your first book is a scary, exhilarating and sometimes confusing experience. I had so many questions when I published my first book and I made many mistakes. Since then I have learned so much and am excited to pass my knowledge on to you. Some posts on the blog to help you take your first steps are:
As far as advice to aspiring writers, do your research and validate your idea before you write, make sure your book cover is competitive with others in your genre, learn about marketing, and hire people to do the things you can’t (or don’t) want to do.
Research writing communities in your area or online. This is crucial because being a writer can be a lonely road. There is nothing like having a community of support you can ask questions, vent frustrations, and celebrate wins with.
Celebrate every win, big and small and have fun with it. This is a journey of constant learning and not a sprint. Don’t worry if you make mistakes in the beginning, they are all fixable and the best is yet to come.