Today it’s my turn on the Fantastic Blog Hop Tour and I’d like to take the time to talk about me. Where do I begin?… Gosh, no wonder Mark Twain never finished his autobiography, this stuff is hard! Okay, I guess I should start by saying I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was 12, but was told by my writing instructors, you couldn’t make a living at it. So I went to school and got a certification in IT crap. It was my plan B, just in case the writing thing didn’t work out.
I went into freelance writing but hated it, I mean the hustle was ridiculous. The constant querying and networking involved was a huge pain. So I decided to go into the workforce and get a “real” job. However, my plan B was officially ruined after the economy crashed.
Just as I was about to go back to school, I saw a posting on Facebook for Red River Writers looking for a virtual assistant for one of their podcasts. Having no idea what a podcast was, I Googled it and was immediately stoked.
As I listened to authors talk about their books and how they couldn’t live without writing, something clicked and before long, I was writing fiction again. In fact, one day when our host Dellani Oakes was having technical issues, I was called upon to read one of my children’s stories. “What?” I said aloud. You see, I hadn’t been published yet so this was daunting. I managed to stammer and stutter my way through my story all the while, sweating bullets. No seriously, I was Schvitzing like a pig and in the middle of January no less!
After that I was no longer a rookie, and right before one of our shows, Dellani, asked me what I was working on. Dumbfounded, I had no idea I was supposed to keep writing while I queried. I figured I’d just wait by the mailbox and see what happened LOL!
In 2011, I decided to write a YA novel after the highly publicized suicides of several young gay men. I had no idea where these characters would take me, but by 2012, I had a completed manuscript. Since I had so much trouble getting an agent with my children’s book and after noticing that my kind of work wasn’t being published by the mainstream I decided to self-publish. In March of 2012, I released “Hag” to the world and it managed to make all the way to the #10 spot on Amazon’s bestseller’s list. So I’m in this for the long haul, and with a little hard work, I’ll be able to do it again with my upcoming book, “Eternal Bond.”
Keep your fingers crossed!
Today, I’m being interviewed by several fellow authors on The Fantastic Blog Hop. Do me a favor and give them a little love by clicking like or commenting. <3
Juli Page Morgan: www.julipagemorgan.com/blog
S. A. Hussey: http://sahussey1.wordpress.com/
Ruth Davis Hays: http://jorthusbooks.wordpress.com/
Dellani Oakes: http://writersanctuary.blogspot.com/
Karina Gioertz: www.friedgatortail.wordpress.com
Kristen Duvall: www.kristenduvall.com/blog