Are all authors born with a passion to write? In my case, no. While I was one of those weird kids who liked writing book reports and term papers, I never considered writing a book. All through school my plan was to earn a degree in either music or counseling. But once I married and started a family, my husband and I decided to put career plans on hold so I could focus on raising our children.
I wish I had started at a younger age, but that’s not my story. The beginning for me was 2006. Since I’d done very little reading for pleasure while my children were toddlers, I spent one summer catching up on all the novels stacked on my bookshelf. That was so much fun! But what I didn’t expect is that all that reading would activate my imagination. After jotting down a scene in a notebook, I stashed the pages under a pile of mail and forgot about them. I’m not sure what would’ve happened if my husband hadn’t discovered my notes and encouraged me to type them into our computer.
From there my first novel was born, a story about a young lady who, after the death of her mother, must discover her place in this world. I haven’t looked at that manuscript in a couple years. Most professionals will tell you that an author’s first book is rarely published. I don’t know if that will be the case with me, but I certainly learned a lot while working on it.
Each author has a unique journey. No matter where that journey begins, the most important thing is to just keep learning and writing.