Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here?

Me in Nice, France this spring (see #2 below)

So, I started writing an introduction post about myself. What my first story was about, what my writing journey has been like, where I am now. Then I started to get bored, and I thought, ‘If I’m bored, what will readers think?’ So I decided to do a list instead. I like lists. Here are five interesting facts about me and five interesting facts about my stories.

Yours truly:

  1. I grew up in a huge family. I have an older brother and four younger siblings. I also have friends that have been adopted by my family and are pretty much siblings now, plus stepsiblings. So growing up there were six of us kids. There wasn’t a dull moment in our house! Plus my parents were always taking in people from our church and giving them a place to stay. Our doors were always open to people. I have so much inspiration for writing from my childhood.
  2. I love traveling. I’ve been to eight different countries including the US. I love going to new places and meeting new people. This may be because of how often I moved when I was younger. Whatever the reason, it’s the reason for the next fact — drumroll, please…
  3. I’m studying Linguistics to gain my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certificate. I hope to use the certificate overseas to teach English classes, or possibly even here in the US for ESL speakers. Linguistics is so fascinating! I love the power of language and how we can tell all kinds of stories.
  4. I’m a very religious person. I’m a Christian, but I’m also Torah-observant. Things that people see as Jewish — Passover, Shabbat, kosher eating — I observe because I believe that when I observe such laws, they bring me closer to God and the lifestyle he wants for me.
  5. I read a lot. I think it was Stephen King who said the two main rules of writing were reading a lot and writing a lot. I read YA, fantasy, scifi, contemporary, action/adventure, and your occasional nonfiction, mystery/thriller, or romance.

My writing:

Example of #2! In Promising Light, the shape changers battle the oppressive Protectors.

  1. I’ve been writing since I was very young. My first story was about a doll that came to life and the young girl that owned the doll. I asked my brother to read it and he told me I needed new paragraphs when someone new started talking. My mom loved it. I wrote it in one of those black and white composition notebooks.
  2. Certain themes repeat in my stories. The power of family and friendship, courage and bravery, bigotry and oppression, memory and the past, twoo wuv — you’ll see a lot of these things in my books.
  3. I write best in the afternoon and when I’m undistracted. Sometimes I’ll have a good morning, but afternoon is usually best. I’ve been awake for a while but I’m not sleepy from dinner or tired from the day in general. I need at least an hour or two to myself. I get into a pretty good groove and usually write about 2-3000 words at a time.
  4. I draw inspiration from pretty much everything. Books, movies, TV shows, music, dreams, real life — I use a little bit of all of is in my writing. My brain just picks up cool pieces of conversation, interesting people, dramatic situations, and I take it pieces here and there and mix it up and combine it with my word skills and sweat, blood, and tears and bam! Stories are born.
  5. I honestly can’t think of anything for #5, so here are some lines that I really like from Shifting Light, the novella that starts off The Protectors series:

‘Seth took Sashe’s hand and pulled himself up, barely pulling on her arm. He stood inches from her, holding her hand, and her breath caught in her throat. She could smell the faint alcohol on his breath, and his eyes bore into hers. This far from the lantern, half of his face was cast in shadow, the other lit orange. She picked a piece of hay out of his hair, and he stared at it.

Evan whistled a catcall from above, and Sashe stepped away, dropping Seth’s hand. “Come on,” she repeated. She walked out of the barn, her face heating up as Sierra howled with laughter above them.’

See you around!