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Some people know at a very young age what they want to be when they grow up. I
had a friend in high school who always wanted to be a pilot. He never talked about
being anything else. He just wanted to be a pilot. He got top grades in high school,
went to college and became a pilot.
Some people have a much more difficult time discovering what they want to be when
they grow up. In my case, I wanted to do everything. I still haven't really found
anything that doesn't interest me. Everything is an opportunity to learn something
new. When it came time to decide on a career, I chose to go to school for Business
Management. I felt I had a good mind for business, and it was practical. Having a
career as outlandish as, say, being an author was never even a consideration. You
can't pay the bills if you are a starving writer. Besides, I never even thought I was
capable of writing a novel. I didn't even like to read novels.
It wasn't until my brother, Dustin, bought me the first six books of the Harry Potter
series for Christmas in 2006 that I found my love for reading. Strangely, until that
point, I could read a manual or a newspaper and enjoy myself much more than
reading a novel. It was that year that my love for reading fiction was sparked, and I
never looked back.
Still, I never really set out to be a writer. Even when the first idea for a story came to
me, I really wasn't confident I could write it. But I tried. I sat down at my computer, and
I wrote the first chapter, which later needed to be rewritten, several times. By the time I
had finished the first chapter, I had started to learn my style, and my voice, and I
began to feel more comfortable with the idea of writing an actual novel. I began
mapping out where I wanted the story to go, what I wanted to say and how I wanted
to say it. Then, I just wrote. I wrote on my lunch breaks, and in the evenings and on
the weekends. When I wasn't working or spending time with the family, I was writing.
And...I loved it. Before I knew it, I had idea after idea after idea. I started creating
separate notebooks with a different story idea in each one. I would develop it enough
to leave it, and then I would go back to my primary project, In My Shoes.
I am pleased to say, that after a year of writing, and 6 months of editing, In My Shoes
was released. At 37 years old, my first book had been published. I am excited to see
where it goes from here. I look forward to sharing many more adventures over the
years. Thank you for taking an interest. If there is something you would like to know
about me, please feel free to ask by clicking here!