I have been writing since I could hold a pencil in my hand. One of my only memories of first grade is writing my very first book. Now, it wasn't exactly a book (I wrote a prequel to 101 Dalmatians) but forty pages is pretty good for a six year old, in my opinion. That project was what bred my passion for writing. I have an endless number of notebooks half filled with ideas and hopes for a brilliant novel. These ideas never went far; I either lost interest or thought it sounded horrid. It wasn't until sixth grade that it came to me. It didn't come to me in any amazing way. There was no dream or sign from God. I simply began writing, and I kept writing. The first draft of Nightmare of Death Creek was finished in just over a month. It was written in class, long hand. With barely one hundred pages and no editing, I wanted to send it to The Publisher. I still had that idea in my mind that there was only one publisher and that there was no special way my book had to be sent in. Boy was I wrong. My parents informed me that I could not send it in, I needed to edit it and, much to my dismay, type it up. Typing was a pain in the butt. I hated sitting down and typing, it took me an hour to copy five pages. After that I returned to my written draft four to five times over the next year. I realized I had lost that draft during a search for the draft, wanting to show it to my English teacher. I wasn't too distressed because I remembered my baby pretty darn well. I put my book aside again for another two years, absorbed in a new move and a boyfriend. I didn't touch my book again until the summer of 2012, after going through a break up. I rewrote Nightmare of Death Creek in three weeks while at my grandparent's house. I would write late into the night and due to my lack of computers, I typed it on an iPad. That was the summer I threw all writing rules aside and just wrote. I finished Nightmare of Death Creek early January, 2013. I began writing the sequel instead of attempting to get it published, something I'd been dreaming of for the last few years. I had no idea how to proceed from my 'finished' manuscript, having no editor to help me along. And then Laura came into my life. The quiet uber smart girl who I had two classes with. We just happened to stumble onto the subject of my writing. She was quick to offer me her services and I was thrilled. The next day I was told about Shea. Laura gave me her website and it was a week before I bothered to take a look. Her books made my jaw drop, especially Breakers. I fell in love with her writing and we were in contact with one another two days later. Shea soon inspired me to write more, and more...and more. So here we are now, with my first book in the hands of Laura and my ideas flooding towards Shea. I am in the process of writing two other books and there's potential for a third. I do hope to be published by the end of the year
Curious about The Breakers? Go visit my friend Shea's website Write and Rise to read the first chapter. Just click on the button below.