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From Reader to Writer

Updated: Apr 1, 2022

Since I can remember I have wanted to be a writer. Reading was my passion once I could fully comprehend words. My parents would spend more and more on new books as I tore through everything, I could get my hands on. This led my parents to get me a membership to our local library. And let me tell you that opened so many worlds for me to find.

Alongside reading I began to slowly write. I tried my hand at poetry but never fully got a handle on it. I wanted to write more than a portion of a page. My ideas would grow the longer I wrote, and poetry just wasn't enough for me. I also had no rhythm to make a good flow of words.

I was lucky my high school offered a Writer's Workshop class. What could be better than a whole hour everyday learning how to write better? Of course, the day started with writing a daily poem. There would be an inspiration piece on the board, and you drew from that. Start of class was never my favorite.

It wasn't until we hit short stories did fall in love fully with writing. It gave me the freedom to expand my thoughts. I could develop my characters and ideas as I saw fit. This led to notebook after notebook being filled with stories and worlds of my own design. I honestly could not get enough. I wanted to do more and write more. \

As they say though life can sometimes get in the way. As I approached my senior year my priorities changed. I had to focus on finishing high school and keeping my job. There was also my social life to keep alive. Less and less time was available to sit and write.

Fast forward a few years and I was now married and had a newborn. Again, priorities had to take the front seat. Another child later and I was a full-time mom and homemaker. I thought maybe I would have time to get back to what I wanted to do. But have you ever tried to write with two toddlers running around? Yeah, it doesn't work out as well as I hoped.

I put the pen down on writing again. Shoved it to the back of my mind and left it there. I literally put my dream in a box. It wasn't until I had a strong hit of inspiration did something change.

I had become an avid Dungeons and Dragons player and game master. I was planning a new campaign for the group to run. I had the base blocks and was beginning to build on it. The problem was my mind saw the story going in an extremely specific direction. I knew how I wanted it to play out yet if I gave it to my players there was no telling what would happen. That's when my husband looked at me and said, "Just make it a book then".

A book? Like a fully fleshed out novel. I argued with myself on it saying that I didn't have time. I was out of practice, and it was too much of an endeavor. Yet, I couldn't let it go. I would lay in bed at night and think about the story and potential characters that would take the quest. I knew I had to push off all my excuses and write this book.

So, I got a new computer and a lot of notebook paper and began working on "The Mark of Enchantment". And I can finally say that it is complete! I did the thing I had been wanting to do since I learned to read. I just needing to make it a priority. I needed to stop putting my dream in a box.

I am excited to share this book with the world! And if you have a dream, you have locked away in a box and buried under a mountain of excuses, LET IT OUT! I promise once you chase it you will feel a sense of freedom!

Mark of Enchantment will be released 2021!

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