Lots of people have asked—“Why Write?”
In October 2010, I decided it was time to move on from a 17-year career as a Financial Advisor. My dilemma was what on earth to do next. After all, 17 years is a substantial amount of time, and my career had become part of who I am, which made the change challenging and bittersweet.
That is when, at the urging of a friend, I sat down and started a novel without a clue as to where it would lead me. I immediately rekindled a love I had long forgotten—one of writing and the art of storytelling.
It was long ago, but as a young student, writing was always interesting. From involvement in the school newspaper and elective Creative Writing classes to debates and challenging conversations with teachers on the subject, it was something I had always enjoyed. But it was never something I took too seriously, and somewhere along the way I had forgotten about this tiny treasure.
However, within five weeks of starting, I had both a clear memory of why I loved writing as well as a 397-page first draft. A few close friends and exactly one stranger read it and loved it, prompting me to take things more seriously.
Finally, fourteen months later, and after saying tearful goodbyes to long-time clients, I found myself both unemployed and questioning my sanity. I’ve chalked that first novel up to practice. My first published novel (the second one I wrote), “The Day You Left,” was released on April 8, 2016. I am busy writing the next book, and if I’m feeling inspired, I share thoughts about random topics on my blog.
“What kind of books do you write?”
Women’s fiction is a broadly interpreted genre. I like to write stories that have a love interest, but are funny as well. I’ve always been curious about the flaws of human nature, matters of the heart, and how we react to them as individuals. I like to take characters through journeys that will examine real-life struggles and how they get sorted out.
When I worked as a Financial Advisor, I was forever surrounded by serious material—business books, articles about the economy, etc. While on vacation, I’d read novels that were fun and entertaining so naturally that’s what I decided to write.
I want the fictional stories I create to resonate with people. My hope is that readers will walk away from my words refreshed, uplifted, or more confident. Maybe they’ll find a similarity that will make them feel more comfortable in their own skin or be able to identify with the struggles of a main character, and they’ll realize they’re not alone.
“What do you like to read?”
For some reason I have always particularly enjoyed reading books by English authors. I love their terminologies, and the Brits are long on wit.
One genre I don’t particularly care for is horror, but I have a great deal of respect for Stephen King (who doesn’t?), and will sometimes make an exception for him. His book, On Writing, is highly entertaining, and I believe it would be an interesting read for anyone, not just writers.
And then there’s still the need to read a serious book or two for personal growth. There are three that I feel are broad enough to be worthwhile for just about anyone. If you look carefully, they include invaluable life lessons. They are:
Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne