When I was a teenager my grandfather told me I should be a writer. At the time I had dreams of becoming an actress. I moved to New York City and then Los Angeles and found that managing apartment buildings was much easier than auditioning.
Life took over and I became a mom at the very, very, young age of twenty-three. Then I realized just how important an education was so while caring for my two children and foster children I went to school in the evenings and eventually received my degree in Behavioral Science with a focus on teaching. The year I began working as an elementary school teacher, my children were in a car accident and my daughter became paralyzed. Life turned up-side down and sideways and diagonal… but we figured it all out. Really, what we figured out was the importance of gratitude. Accidents have a way of putting everything into perspective.
While all this was happening, I was writing – strictly for fun. I journaled daily. I wrote a novel and several children’s books but never considered writing as a career until I stumbled upon a flyer for the Highlights Foundation workshop at Chautauqua.
I remember sitting cross legged on the floor enthralled by every word editor Patti Gauch said. She was giving a speech on how to write children’s fantasy. That night I sat in a rocking chair on a wooden porch gazing at the lake and jotting down characters for my novel, MYSTIC. When I returned home, I spent my weekdays teaching and my weekends creating lesson plans and writing MYSTIC. I missed my family and my house was always a mess.
In 2008 I decided to leave teaching full-time for substituting in order to put a lot more effort towards writing and a little more towards cleaning.
So here I am years later finally realizing what my grandfather knew all along. I’m a writer.
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