People ask me all the time what inspires me to write. It’s hard to answer that question because I can’t think of a time in my life when I haven’t been a writer. I wrote my first short story in Second Grade and in Fourth Grade I wrote a play that became my class Christmas Play. I wrote poetry, short stories and articles for the campus newspaper in middle school, high school and college. I even won an award for one of my articles in high school.
Then life happened – isn’t that always the way? I graduated from college and needed to earn a living. Since I majored in Sociology, not Journalism, I went into nonprofit human services. It was a “happy accident” because I loved the work. There is something very humbling about being allowed to help someone who is facing a crisis. For the next twenty years, I continued to write but now I wrote grant applications, fundraising letters, newsletters, public service announcements and endless reports. I found that I didn’t have any creative energy at the end of the day to write fiction.
Then my husband was given an opportunity to retire with enough income that I didn’t need to work 60 hours a week to get by. I was able to walk away from the career I’d spent so many years building and ask myself – What’s Next? I love being a part-time career coach and I love that it gives me plenty of time for writing. The more I write, the more I want to write and the more I want to write, the more I want to put the time and energy into my craft that quality writing demands.
Reviewers have mentioned my growth as an author from the debut novel in the Jake and Emma Mystery series to the second and I hope you will continue to see growth when the third book comes out sometime in February. I love writing mysteries so have no fear, Jake and Emma will be always have a next book coming.
I have started work on what I hope will become a series of Middle Grade short stories about the adventures of Ringo the Ghost Cat and I’ve got a YA/College series in the outline stage that will be light-hearted and just plain fun. Finally, hovering in the background, is a Women’s Fiction novel that sings to me during quiet moments. It’s a funny thing what happens when you unleash your creativity!
I’d love to hear about your creative muscles and what you do to exercise them. Please leave me a comment to let me know!