Growing up I used to "entertain" the neighborhood by telling stories about my family (mostly about my Mom). People always laughed and they couldn't believe the stories were true. I always got the same comment. "One day you need to write a book about your family."
When I was in my early twenties, I started to have titles come to my mind for that book. I wrote them in a notebook, but did nothing more. I had no clue how to write a book and frankly English was never my best subject and still isn't.
I got married, and we started having kids sometime after that. Then the recession hit. My husband lost his job when I was pregnant with our second baby. I was sick as a dog and stressed. He was beyond stressed. For over three years we never had steady employment. To keep myself from losing it I began to write. It was the best thing that could have happened to me. I found my outlet and passion. (He went back to school and is an accountant now. We feel extremely fortunate that we now have work.)
I started with my family stories (Halffast Memories). I discovered that getting published is incredibly difficult. You have to have an agent to get to a publisher and those agents are bombarded with requests. After about 100 rejection emails, another book started to come to me. This one was a suspense novel about a child who is kidnapped. I remember thinking. "No, no, no I am not going to write this down. I don't have a clue how to write a novel. I'm not even going to start this book." An hour later I sat down at the computer and started writing "Chipped". I finished it over a year later. Again I started to send out letters to publishers. This time I got over 500 rejection letters. Now, let me clarify lest you now stop reading my blog because it's obvious that I am a crappy writer. I had two people out of those 600 ask to read my entire manuscript. I had three ask to read "Half- Fast", the rest turned me down based on the one paragraph I had given them for each book.
Finally a year and a half ago I wrote a suspense Screenplay titled "Reformed." I sent it into a a big movie contest out of LA. I was one of 24 people that placed out of 4000+applicants.
Currently I am writing that screenplay into a book.
It has been over five years. You may be wondering at this point why I keep going. I do it because I love it and because I believe that there is a reason these stories keep coming to me, that one day something will come of all of this.
I am currently self-published on Amazon and I am loving blogging and the opportunity I have to hopefully make people laugh when they are in their own "recession." It's what got me through mine. I also have been fortunate enough to write for the Uplifting section on KSL.com from time to time.
Thank you for reading my blog. It means a lot. If you like it please share it with others.
I am a mom of four, a woman of faith, a real person that says it how it is and hopefully doesn't offend anyone, an optimist and a lucky wife.
Years ago when we were in the thick of going through some pretty cruddy times, we pulled up and parked our crappy car that barely ran, had no heat, was held together with duct tape in a stall next to an obviously wealthy man about our age. He was driving and Aston Martin. I got out and grabbed one of my kids out of the back seat while my husband grabbed the other. I then looked at the man who was also exiting his car and jokingly said to him while eyeing his gorgeous car, "Do you want to trade?" I was referring to our cars, but I will never forget what he said to me. He looked at my husband and I and then at our kids and said, "In a heartbeat."
I will always be grateful for the lesson he taught me that day. Here I thought we were in the worst case scenario and didn't realize, I was in the best.
I have everything in my family and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
Life is so wonderful even when I mistakenly think it's not.
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org