In preparing a submission for the Indie Author Spotlight on Indie Hero, there was one question that elicited a much longer answer than was probably intended. (Sorry, Brian! In my defense, I did try to shorten it up for the submission…) The reason for this is painfully obvious to me: I’ve never allowed myself to take the time to think through this particular question before. The short answer in my head has always been, “I’ve always loved to write, so I can’t see myself not writing.” But really, there is so much behind that answer, and I actually surprised myself with all of it.
So without further ado…
When/how did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I can’t remember ever officially realizing I wanted to be a writer. I was exposed to books from birth, learned to read at 3, was constantly making up all kinds of little stories and plays, and wrote (and illustrated!) my first short story at the age of 6. I was a voracious reader even then, and always knew I wanted my own stories to be heard by others some day. After that first story, the writing I did was mostly poetry, until I discovered short stories; and then I amassed quite a collection of them over my high school years. My first attempt at a novel (age 14) was an abysmal dramatic thing that I’m embarrassed to even think about, but at the time I was just so proud to have written an entire book that I had to do it again. My second novel (age 15) was a children’s book very entertaining to a surrogate little sister of mine, as my “beta reader” (listener really, since I read aloud to her each time I finished a chapter). I kept writing short stories after that, and I kept starting new books, including a companion reader to the children’s book; but I didn’t complete another novel until my first time participating in NaNoWriMo in 2006. I’ve worked on a novel every year since then, and most of them I hope to see come to fruition in due time.