Author has written 7 stories for Life, Romance, Horror, Thriller, General, and Haiku.
Like most people on this site, I am an aspiring writer. I have three completed manuscripts that I'm shopping to publishers/agents off and on. Currently I'm in the off mode. I've amassed a lot of rejections and haven't managed to actually convince any publishers/agents to actually READ my manuscripts. That part of the business is frustrating for me. I can remember many times in my life when I've heard of or known of someone who said, "I'm going to write a book someday." When I made that same decisions, I spent a few months prepping by doing fanfiction (http://www.fanfiction.net/~sonnetlacewing ) and studying what did appeal and didn't appeal to my audience. Then I announced I'd write, found some friends to review my chapters as I went to keep me motivated, and the first draft was done 44 days later. The writing part for me comes naturally, and I get so wrapped up in my stories that they become real.
My stories on fictionpress are mostly exercises: short stories I've written for the international writing group that I founded along with some fanfiction friends, short stories for a teacher friend to use with her students, and polish pieces designed to improve my skills in getting to the point. You'll also find a few poems and currently one mystery that is 48 chapters long. That story was originally no more than a paragraph that I made up for a fellow writer who had writer's block. I gave her three total paragraphs that were meant to be story seeds. The one that brought on Mall Madness was the funniest, and she didn't want to use it because she felt it was complete as it was. I set out to disprove that notion, originally intending just to add more to prove the point. Once I got started I couldn't stop. That one took 39 days to complete and friends are telling me to pull it down and start sending it to publishers. I haven't decided yet if I will. It is an interesting notion to me. The main character, Jake Callum, already has further stories going in my head. I haven't begun to write any for fear I won't stop.
In the meantime, the series I spoke of in the opening to this bio is also growing. That series is fantasy, set on another planet called Thobel. The first trilogy, titled the Fox Tales Trilogy has three books. Something Special, Too Much, and New Realities. An additional trilogy is now underway. It will follow on the heels of the first in the way that some fantasy authors have done (examples: Trudi Canavan, JRR Tolkein, Tamora Pierce) using some of the characters from the first series as well as new characters and races. That trilogy will be called Favored Creations, and as it stands now, the books will be titled The Wrath of Golreth, Children of Nighttide, and Prophesy of the White King. Only book one is actually on my drawing board (so to speak). I've completed 15 chapters, but took a break because the story was so heavy that I needed a vacation. I'd gotten so caught up in that world that I was beginning to think I lived there.
The basics about me: My real first name is Beth. I have a wonderful husband and a precocious 3-year-old son who is nearly as addicted to books as I am. I do work full time plus teach music lessons. I write like a maniac managing a little every day, despite all that is going on in my life. Much of my reading is done by listening to audio books during my commute and while I do filing at work. But I also always have a paperback with me, managing to read in the line at the bank or checkout, etc. I have other hobbies too, but many are neglected for writing and caring for my toddler. I'm very lucky that he likes to make up stories too, so when I'm writing at the computer, he often pulls out his keyboard (an old one not plugged in to anything) and he taps away while he tells stories about hippos and giraffes in his huge vocabulary with baby consonants. I've actually transcribed a few of his stories for him. I'm afraid my writing bug seems to have been contagious, for he is quite a story teller.
I love books. I read all sorts. I like YA literature a lot, having been drawn to it by the Harry Potter series initially. I never read a lot of the YA books until recently, making me a bit backward. When I was a teen, I read a few books typical of that age. I loved nurse romances and worshipped Louisa May Alcott. I read my first fantasy book when I was eighteen, and it had been loaned to me by a boy who was in the same college swing choir as me. I was immediately hooked. I do ocassionally read romances now, but mostly I like sci-fi, suspense, fantasy, and mysteries. If there's humor in those, I like it even better, but I usually don't go out of my way to read satire. My favorite authors list is huge, but I'll put some down so that you can give them a test drive if you're looking for published works to read. All of them have abilities I aspire to: JK Rowling, Janet Evanovich, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Dean Koontz, Tamora Pierce, Trudi Canavan, Philip Pullman, Christopher Paolini, Jonathan Kellerman, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Stroud, John Grisham, MC Beaton, JRR Tolkein, Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, TS Elliot, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and O. Henry. There are many, many more, but it's almost midnight, so I'll call that good for now.
If you read my stories, please comment. Encouragement is good, suggestions are better, and always remember that a great story is nothing if no one reads it or hears it -- which makes you, as a reader, golden.
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