I was born on Cape Cod, and raised in rural New Hampshire where nature and wildlife stirred my imagination. I was always writing stories, losing myself in them, dreaming about them when I was supposed to be doing something else.
I knew I wanted to be a professional writer when I was about 8 years old and wrote a story about a good wolf.
My personal writing journey has never been easy. I don’t have what many might call a “gift.” I would instead say that writing is my calling, my passion, an integral part of me. Something I find easy to love, not easy to do. Something that has treated me with more losses and disappointments than wins and accomplishments.
Something that I once gave up — I will never, ever make that mistake again.
Quitting my dream didn’t exactly go as planned. I thought that leaving all the turmoil and angst and disappointment behind would make things better. Nope. I didn’t feel relief. I didn’t move onto a new path. I didn’t sleep better. And I wasn’t happier.
When my children were born, I thought that I could hide behind motherhood, immerse myself in their lives, and be so busy and fulfilled that I wouldn’t miss writing. Wrong again.
Kids have a way of giving you a reason to fight for what you want, and in my case, my kids are the reason I made my writing comeback.
When I took on motherhood, I automatically became a role model (not to mention a modish gladiator). Trying to teach them to be self-confident, to take healthy risks, and to stand up for what they believe in meant that I kind of had to know what I’m talking about.
My writing comeback was really all about putting my dream into action. If I was going to make any forward progress with my dream, I needed to believe in myself and to be a bit more ferocious.
I have always been a book serpent, but now, instead of reading to escape, I began to read with a critical eye and my appreciation for books and authors deepened. I took writing courses, attended conferences, participated in workshops, read magazines and articles on writing, and wrote my stuff throughout it all.
I found a fantastic writing block — 4 – 6 am. The phone isn’t ringing. The dog isn’t barking. The kids aren’t vying for my attention. Coffee, soft music, and I make magic.
Along the way, I have had some memorable wins. One of my short stories, “Treasures,” was accepted April 2011 for publication by The Greensilk Journal. In 2014, I wrote a pro-wolf essay which was selected for publication in an anthology titled Wolf Warriors. In June 2015, another short story of mine, “Shattered,” won first place in a short story contest.
In August 2015, I self-published the first book of a non-fiction series called Writer . . . Uninterrupted, e-books that are a spin-off of my inspiring blog post series of the same name.
I believe that anyone can turn their dreams into reality. I started 4amWriter to inspire other struggling writers. I would love for you to follow me on my continued quest to be a published novelist, glean advice from the past 4 years of blog posts, get practical guidance on writing mechanics, and share your own experiences.
Become a writer today. All you need is a dream, belief, and a little bit of ferocity.