Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Book Chat: Are You an Aspiring Author

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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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  1. I think it's a great idea to share your writing on your blog. It would be a good way to get feedback too!

  2. You're right; even though Twilight wasn't "great literature," it did get people who don't read often reading. And I think that's important. Thanks for co-hosting this week, it's my favorite link up!