August 24, 2011

So What Is This Blog About Anyway?

As an avid reader and devoted fan of the urban fantasy, murder mystery, and detective genre novels, I have always had ideas for my own stories spinning around in my head.  I had a life filled with putting on plays, drawing everything in sight, and storytelling from behind a dead tree in the yard.  My childhood imaginary friend was a witch, I would search furiously under mushrooms for Smurfs, and I had a unicorn collection that filled my room from floor to ceiling.  Needless to say, I’d always wished that I lived in another world.

That creativity weaved its way into my personal life through dancing and choreographing.  It allowed me to create my own characters and build my own scenes in a three-dimensional way.  And for nearly thirty years, it was my escape from the real world.  But after an injury and an acceptance that I wasn’t as young as I used to be, I turned to writing as my new escape.

It began with a few short stories, then a couple of first chapters, and now I have written two complete novels in seven months. (Well, in all honesty the last one is almost finished!  We’re talking three chapters left.)  I am so infatuated with writing right now, that I often wish I didn’t need to sleep so that I could work all night long.  I’ve created two different worlds that I have dreamed about living in since I was a child.  To me, the idea of your office secretary being a vampire, or the neighborhood crime fighter becoming a fury creature once a month, just fascinates me.  Having supernatural abilities like communicating with ghosts or being able to breathe underwater…who wouldn’t want that, right?  It’s this idea of a fantasy world interspersed with the regular daily one that is most intriguing to me and what readers will find in my novels.

Some may think I’m crazy for wanting to live in this type of world, but I’m not.  Really.  By day I am a scientist.  A very analytical, very research oriented fact-finder who needs proof in order to know that something exists.  As of yet, I haven’t seen enough proof that psychics, mediums, vampires, witches, werewolves, ghosts, etc. are real.  But that doesn’t mean that I’m not still holding out hope.  And in the mean time, they will be real in my head.

So what will this blog entail?  Hopefully my journey from the hobbyist writer to an indie author.  Self-publishing seems like a good idea for me and I will discuss how I came to that conclusion later.  But for now, I will try to get past my fear of rejection and disapproval to get my work out there.  It’s going to be a challenge but I think I’m ready.

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