Updated: Sep 19, 2019
In the Beginning...
Welcome! I'm not much of a blogger, never have been, but I figured this is a great way to connect with my readers. Here I will share behind-the-scene posts of what inspired me to write, images that inspired my books, music, etc.
So to begin, I'll start by telling you a little bit about myself and (on a later post ) I will share what inspired my debut novel THE TRAGIC + DIVINE. So (drum-roll please) let's begin:
I always knew I wanted to be a writer but an author? It never crossed my mind. As a kid, I was an avid reader and devoured books by R.L. Stine, Judy Blume, loved the Vampire Diaries Series, Blood and Chocolate, and yes, even Twilight back when it first hit bookshelves in 2005. My real passion, however, was movies. I was fascinated by Hollywood and often found myself daydreaming about seeing my name in lights. I wrote my first screenplay at the ripe age of ten; it was a super lame girls vs. boys story about baseball. (I don't even know why I chose baseball? I hate baseball.) The point is, that's when I got hit by the writing bug. It wasn't long before I was writing stories inside my school agenda about friendship, boys, adventure, and romance during my Language Arts class. Unfortunately, my passion for writing slowly diminished the moment I discovered boys, replaced my imaginary friends with real friends, imaginary boyfriends with real boyfriends. To say the least, I got a little distracted. The fire that once ignited my passion for writing was in there...somewhere; I just needed to find the fuel to reignite the torch.
Enter film school. In 2012, while my husband was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, I enrolled at the Seattle Film Institute. It was during my screenwriting class as my fellow students, and I read out loud pages of our scripts that I suddenly remembered why I started to write in the first place; I had a desire to share my stories with the world. I wanted to see the characters I created come to life. But standing on a film set for 12+ wasn't as glamorous as Hollywood makes it look, and it wasn't all that fun. Selling your screenplay as a newbie writer was harder than I thought, even harder when you're trying to bring the movie to life yourself without a Hollywood budget. Still...I wanted my stories out there. It didn't matter how.
Years later, after my husband left the military, and my family made the move back to Georgia, I found myself alone with a newborn, a stay-at-home mom, with all the time in the world. There was an undeveloped screenplay I started to write back when I was fifteen-years-old after Y2K that had been nagging at my thoughts. The characters began to speak to me and having conversations. I wasn't sure if it was the Universe giving me signs, it was time to write again or if it was my lack of sleep that caused the unwelcome chatter. Either way, I was excited. So to kill my boredom (and develop my writing skills), I began to write because...why not? I had absolutely NOTHING to lose. So, while my newborn slept, I wrote. It took me three long years to finish my first book. Half the time I had no clue what I was doing, most of the time, I procrastinated, but I knew I had to finish it. The world needed to read my story.
'Till next time,