So excited for this opportunity with Jessica from Sweet Green Tangerine! She is such a sweetheart and I love her weekly book chats. Make sure you check out her blog, it's one of my favorites. The topic this week:
Are you an aspiring author?
When I was a little kid, my mom made sure that reading was such an elemental part of my life. My dad was an enlisted sailor and my mom didn't have a job until we moved to Wisconsin. She wanted me to accomplish so many things in life. My very first library visit was with my mom in southern California. I was really young, probably three or four. My family didn't have a lot of money but my mom was able to check out library books, cassette tapes and VHS movies- remember those?
She would read to me and the first book that I learned to read from was a book that my mom bought on sale at Kohl's. It was about a duckling and I remember how proud of me she was when I read that book to her. That's how it started. I grew a love of exploring the aisles of bookstores, boxes at garage sales, and libraries. There's something about a library that makes me checkout as many books as my arms can carry. As a kid, I knew that I wanted to create something that inspired a love of reading in other people and I began writing. Even though the Twilight series received a lot of criticism because of its lack of literary merit, it did get a lot of folks reading and I think that's awesome. What inspires someone to create the next great American novel? What a privilege and an honor! I don't know if my writing would ever qualify for something that awesome, but it definitely is a lifetime ambition to write a novel.
I wrote short stories all of the time and made attempts at writing a novel while growing up. I've even had the privilege of reading other people's drafts and attempts at writing a novel. None of my ideas ever turned into a novel, but now as an adult, I've been thinking of putting more concepts down on paper. I've dabbled with a couple of ideas, both involving military life and some of my stories need some research done. In the mean time, I've been thinking about creating a special feature on my blog. I've dabbling with it and cultivating the idea and I hope to share it with those that enjoy my blog.
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