I'm a simple girl from Illinois where i live with my wonderful husband. A lot of people ask me if i always wanted to be a writer. The truth is, i hated reading when i was younger. I would occasionally read Goosebump books by R.L Stein but even those couldn't hold my interest for very long. Aside from writing notebooks full of poems, i disliked everything written. It wasn't until i picked up Twilight by Stephenie Meyer that i understood how someone could fall in love with a book. The Twilight saga ignited my love of books that quickly grew into an addiction. Before i had owned maybe two books, and now i own over 200. I have since moved on from sparkly fangless vampires but i will always be thankful to Mrs. Meyer for writing such an incredible series and instilling in me a love of books.
Like every other addiction, mine grew. Reading countless books just wasn't enough for me, i needed to create my own. The story of Gwen formed in my head a little over 4 years ago but at the time the story was drastically different. The vampires still had an addiction for witches blood but i hadn't mastered what i was trying to say, so i gave up. Writing was a lot harder than i had imagined and i often grew frustrated and discouraged. I continued to write different stories, only to abandon them and start another. Eventually i gave up all together. I was certain i couldn't become an author and that it was only a pipe dream. A year later, i sat at my computer and began to type again. I may have felt beaten by the writer's world but i was determined not to give up forever. I began writing a book and got to around 68,000 words (a normal novel is 80,000) and then the story of Gwen and the vampires who were addicted to witches blood, popped into my head and i gave up on my almost finished novel to write it. Craved was a story that was insistent and wouldn't leave me alone until i finished writing it.
It took me 7 months to finish Craved and once i was done i was so proud of myself for actually completing a book. I didn't plan on publishing any of my work, i just wanted to write for the fun of it. It wasn't until H.P Mallory invited me to her writer's group and i started learning from fellow writers about self publishing. I talked with my husband about publishing and he was gun-ho from the beginning. I, on the other hand, was as extremely nervous. I had put so much heart and work into finishing Craved. I worried no one would like it and was apprehensive about sharing my story with the entire world.
I finally decided to publish in July 2011 and the acceptance that Craved has gotten is beyond anything i could have ever imagined. Praises from my readers is the best reward i could ever get and will be forever thankful for those who've supported it.
If you have an imagination, anything is possible = )
While I'm not writing, which is hardly ever, i spend entirely too much time on Facebook, watch movies, try to read, play with my furry children, and spend time with my family. I'm a very down to earth girl who just happens to be living my dream.