I listened to audio books as I worked on my ranch cleaning barns, changing wheel lines, and feeding sheep and cows. Most of the books I listened to were great. Some were, hmmm, not so good.
I thought I could do better.
I had time to fill in the middle of the night while I waited for the ewes to lamb, so, I wrote, a lot, about all kinds of different things. Dreams I’d had— What if scenarios triggered by coyotes yipping in the distance—Fireworks over a mountain lake—all fueled by a vivid imagination.
I also wrote Star Wars fan fiction. I wrote over 110,000 words with new characters and places. Not knowing what I was doing, I just wrote and found I enjoyed the process. Writing made my mind feel better.
An opportunity to take this rambling mass/mess of ideas and emotions to a writing class presented itself, and I took a chance. This is where I cringe, moan, and grimace. Sheesh. But I didn’t quit.
The instructor kindly advised me to write my own characters on my own worlds, and I did.
These new characters took on a life of their own, pursuing me to tell their story. I wrote Storm of Arranon, first working title, Children of Arranon.
I submitted my work to an editor who taught me what author intrusion and point of view were. I re-wrote.
I took a writing workshop and learned about back-story. I cut two hundred pages.
I joined critique groups making amazing friends along the way and attended Writer’s conferences. I learned about adverbs, passive voice, showing not telling, hooks, dialog tags, and I revised.
My second book in the series won an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published book awards in 2013. Woo Hoo! I must be learning something.
Five years after the first publishing of Storm of Arranon, I revised again, changed the back cover and spine, and in August 2016, published a second edition.
About the Author
I have always been a reader. I love books. When I’m not able to read, I listen to audio books. I started writing while working as a Paramedic/Firefighter in Northern California. Trust me, it’s not like it appears on TV. There was plenty of time for books, mostly reading them. I didn’t seriously start writing until I moved to my ranch in Oregon. While waiting for lambs to be born in the middle of the night, I would head back to the house for an hour or two and sit down at the computer. Before I knew it, I had a manuscript. Not a good one, but a start.I joined critique groups and attended writer’s conferences. I was on the fast track to learning.
In 2013, I received an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’s Self Published book awards for MG/YA. I guess I am learning something!
Ideas from dreams follow me into warm sunny days or the quiet of falling snow. “What ifs” feed a vivid imagination. Even mistyped phrases may lead to an “aha” moment. Brain storming sessions standing in windy, dark parking lots with fellow writers release thoughts that pry at the corners of my mind, grasping for purchase. Sometimes the ideas pursue me, with persistence.
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