If you ask anyone I know – past or present – who I am, they’d probably state my latest “damdayjob”, which for me could have been accountant, marketer, trainer, editor, compliance manager, candlestick-maker... It’s funny how we identify other people with their professions, but I think few people identify themselves that way. If you ask me who I am, I’ll tell you I am a writer. No matter what my job title, writing has been in my blood since I was a kid.
I’m also a storyteller. I can ramble on about anything – even a mundane event can have a plot with twists and turns if you tell it right. I’ll retell a story any number of times until it sounds good. The downside is that my friends often have to tell me they’ve heard that one before.
So somewhere around 1995 – between raising three kids, continuing education and the latest damdayjob – I connected writing with storytelling and attempted a biography. But the guy was dead and I had to fill in some holes – so I called it a novel that was “based on a true story”. But then the holes sort of overcame most of the story and I realized I should call it “inspired by a true story.” (Okay – it was fiction dammit!) But I learned that I really loved filling in the holes.
My book really sucked.
So I bought some how-to-write-a-book books, and went to some fiction writing classes and tried again. This time I attempted romance. But then I realized my mother was going to want to read it (and I could already hear her gasp) so I bagged that, went to some more classes and tried a thriller. But my hero was too wishy-washy and my villain even worse, so I bought some books on characterization and tried again. And then my plot was weak and — well after ten years, a library of books and classes, and five attempts, I finally settled on a young-adult, science-fiction story and I’m really happy with it – the voice, the characters, the action and adventure – everything just fell into place. So much so that I’m turning it into a series called Dodging Time.
I’m also working on some nonfiction projects to take advantage of my motherhood experiences and all of my damdayjob hats. (Might as well get something out of them, right?) I turned to the Writers Coner USA in Doylestown, PA for help with the business side of writing, and I was invited to apply for this experimental writing project.
And here I am entering a whole new phase of my life: grown kids, a couple of grandchildren on the way, a YA series in the making, a pile of book ideas to keep me busy for the long run and I’m part of this amazing team and Social Tsunami project that is sure to be a pop-culture sensation. The damdayjob must go!