Writing has always been a passion of mine. Ever since I was a young child, I always loved creating stories on all different types of genres. Mystery/romance was my favorite genre- still is. My earliest memory on deciding to become a writer is when I was probably 6 or 7. My family and I were sitting in the kitchen at the dinner table and I told my mother I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. My mother's response was “That's good. You can be a journalist.”
However, being a writer wasn’t my first job. Life happened, as it most always does, I took a job at Hannaford Supermarkets as a Deli Clerk. “It would help me pay the bills” I said. In the back of my mind I always knew that writing was what I truly wanted as a career. Somehow writing always managed a way to sneak back into my life; whether it was in my work life (writing contest slogans for the latest Deli food contests) or my personal life (keeping an online diary). Then I woke up one morning when I was 27, and realized I was in a job that I truly couldn't be happy in. I owed it to myself to be happy in my work and personal life. From that day forward I devoted my time to writing and building a career as a freelance columnist and author. I spent every waking moment I had researching the writing business, jobs, etc. I still spend extra time researching the business when I am not attending class for my BA in English. I think it is important to learn the rules of the road to writing and every aspect of it.
I have been a freelance writer since 2010, but I still have a lot to learn about this business. It has given me the freedom to spend more time with my family and I love my career now.
What I've learned in this business is if you really want to write then perseverance is a must! Rejection is a part of this business and there will be a lot of it. Learning how to deal with rejection is an important part of survival. It is important to remember that even the great writers of this world (Stephen King, John Grisham, etc.) have received their fair share of rejection letters too. Keep in mind that you cannot please everyone. There will be people that love your writing, like it, or just plain hate it. Stephen King said in his book entitled On Writing, “if you write [or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose], someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's it.” Keep these words in mind the next time you receive a bad critique. How you deal with the bad days is up to you. What matters is that you dust off your laptop, sit down to write, and look towards the future.
What is your first response on the release of your book?
After putting all of my energy into this book, it is exciting to see the final result.
Your book has been out for a few months. Can you tell us more information about it?
It's titled Cupid's Stories. This three-part chapter book is filled with 14 love poems. Vibrant photos and embossed writing makes this book stand out from the rest. Poems include titles like Out of the Shadows Comes Fire and Ice, To My Love, Loves Road, and more.
Thank you for sharing about your journey to become a writer and about your book. Do you have any other books coming out soon?
Yes, Timothy's Bath. It's about an adventurous bear who refuses to take a bath and causes a whole lot of mess in his trail. Between an overflowing bath, disappearing Timothy, the mysterious duck, and many more adventures your child is sure to love this cuddly bear. It will be released soon.
It was great having you as a guest blogger today. Please share the link where readers can find Cupid's Stories online.
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