In listening to interviews, I’m always a tad horrified when the author gets asked about their genesis as a writer. The common truth seems to be “What do you mean, I’ve always written,” and I feel the same way! However I also realize that’s not a very interesting answer, so I thought it would be fun to dig a little deeper with my most handy interview subject … myself. So here goes:
I came to writing through reading. The first fictional characters I ever connected to were Harry Crewe/Harimad-sol and Drizzt Do’Urden, and in middle school, I wrote an illustrated fan letter to R. A. Salvatore. My love for books sparked the desire to create, and since then it’s been more about what’s kept me away from writing than what’s led me to it. I was also intensely private about my writing for many years. It’s only been since 2010 or so that I realized in order to get better I would have to participate in workshops and critique groups, hang out with other writers, try writing and submitting short stories, learn how to properly revise a novel, etc. That was really a turning point for me. I’ve never lacked for drive or motivation (or sheer stubbornness), but I did have to consciously shift gears to hone my craft. In a way I credit writing podcasts like Writing Excuses, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing, and I Should Be Writing for helping me realize I didn’t have to do this alone. The writing community is full of amazing and generous people.