Recently, I have been putting a lot of energy into my NA Historical Fiction/Time Travel book. Its story is very near and dear to my heart, and I have been polishing it like crazy in the hopes of it catching the eye of someone in the publishing world. This has made me think a lot about my own path to becoming published.
On this blog, I interview a lot of published and soon-to-be-published writers, as well as those fortunate souls who have recently been represented by agents. Today, though, I would like to focus my post on those of us who are not there yet. We are in the beginning trenches of this process. Every one of us has a different beginning, and once we start on our paths, I am fairly certain that we all have different twists and turns to navigate as we travel toward becoming published.
As my blog and Twitter followers know, I am a Music Educator. I have been a band director for the last twenty years, and I have always loved it. My goal to become a published author came about seventeen years into my teaching career, when a scene came to me and wouldn’t let go until the entire story played itself out. The idea had been with me for so long, I swear I heard crickets when I typed “The End”, and it was finally out!
I tend to be inspired by travel and the arts. My stories are set in real world places, either modern day (or near future), as well as the past. I draw from my own experiences when I write. My current NA draws on topics and places I experienced while in college and abroad.
I like to read the types of books I write: Speculative Fiction, settings in Europe, mysteries and thrillers.
Here is where you come in! If you are an aspiring author, I’d love to hear from you! You can respond to the following in the comments if you like, or just comment however you wish:
1. Did you always know you wanted to be an author, or did the idea of writing occur to you later on? Describe the circumstances which led to that choice.
2. What are the things that inspire your work as a writer? Music, art, people, travel, life in general?
3. What types of books are you drawn to reading? What types of books are you drawn to write?
Thanks in advance!