Thanks for inviting me over to your corner of the web to talk about one of my favorite things: writing! I’ve been a storyteller my whole life. Before I could work a pencil I told my tales to a jump rope. Thank goodness that phase ended once I could read and write! My grandma told me someday I would write books for a living, and I always hoped that would come true. Here I am a few decades later making reality from a dream.
There are stories everywhere. I notice someone, something, or overhear a conversation that inspires me every day. I used to carry a purse large enough to haul a notebook around; terrified I’d miss my muse if I couldn’t write it down immediately. That created more stress than writing should be, and I gradually weaned myself from the habit. Now I have more headspace to really immerse myself into the present moment without trying to memorize or record it. As a result, those impressions and ideas are still there later. If a story or scene idea invades my brain, I just record it in my phone. It’s always with me anyway.
Books have always fed my soul. When I was little, Laura Ingalls whisked me away with stories I could relate to as we lived way out in the boonies on a cattle ranch. Danielle Steel took me to more exotic locales and introduced me to romance when I was older. Though I read a bit of everything (except horror), my passion still lies with romance. There’s something about a good love story that lifts me up. Reading provides me an escape and a workout for my busy brain and that’s what I want to do for my readers.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized I have the heart of an entrepreneur. Both my mom and sister have run successful businesses for years, and I’ve longed to create something of my own. When I learned about self-publishing, I knew it would be a great fit. Being able to write novels and work for myself, it’s almost too good to be true!
I’m grateful for pioneers like Hugh Howey and Toby Neal for clearing the trails of the industry. They’ve really set the standard for the rest of us. There should be no discernible difference between our books and the ones that come from the big publishing houses.
I’ve been amazed by the camaraderie amongst indie authors. Many industries see everyone as a competitor. In the indie world, we realize we need each other. Readers need great books, and lots of them! Therefore we all win when we work together guiding readers to each other’s work. I am so excited to be partnering with Cyndi at both of our first book signing at the Weiser Public Library in Weiser, ID on June 12 from 2-4pm. We are looking forward to celebrating our books and meeting our readers.
Amazon buy link