My Journey as a Writer

I am absolutely in awe as to all that God’s been doing in my life lately. It’s incredible to see how He’s using my book to reach others already. I’m just amazed that I get to be used by God, and that my life-long dream is coming true. I cannot wait to see what He has in store for 2014.

This post is similar to a frequently asked questions one. I’ve been asked many times how I got into writing, and so here it is:

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve wanted to be an author since I was 3 years old. My mom said I would draw pictures and tell stories. She said that with each picture, I could remember the correct story. She was amazed that, as a 3 year old, I could keep my stories & details straight (and thankfully, I can still do that).

As I got older, I had quite a few opportunities to write fiction. When I was in 4th grade, my teacher reserved time on a weekly basis for us to work on a story. I wrote a couple of brief chapters before the end of the year. I liked the story, so I tried to finish it, and I did shortly after I turned 13. I do have plans to re-write my children’s book someday.

Then in 6th grade I had started a new school in a different district. My teacher also reserved time on a weekly or biweekly basis for us to write a short story. I was thrilled. I never finished a story that year, but I have quite a few great ideas in notebooks that I still have in my house. I want to work on finishing those in the future too.

Throughout middle school and high school, I would sometimes create new story ideas or work on older ones, sick days were great for creative-writing! One day, the idea for Rage came to me. I got onto my mom’s old computer and typed out the very first, very rough draft of Ashley wanting to seek revenge against her bully, Claudia. Now Rage has gone through many, many, many revisions since then but that’s honestly when I first had the idea!

I took a break from writing until about my second year in college when I decided to write about a very dark time of my life. I picked up my Rage documents and started revising and adding new content. I temporarily forgot about writing fiction while I went to law school. I think I spent maybe a total of 40 hours in 3 years to work on it.

After I graduated from law school, I decided to finish what I had started while I waited for the Bar exam results and for a job to work out. I finished it a couple of months later, and then entered the long process of editing. The rest of the story is history 🙂

Even though my main focus is the Rage to Redemption Trilogy, I find myself creating ideas for other novels that I’ve started. I like to distract myself every now and then with different characters and plots. It helps to keep me from severe writer’s block. Last week I focused on finishing the edits for Resolve. I’m grateful for productivity! This week I am going to get organized as more thing have been added to my to-do list, and work on the nonfiction Devotional that will complete the novels. I’d work on Redeem, but I need a bit of a mental break from the characters.

I have to mention that I’ve been so blessed by hearing stories from my readers who were impacted by Rage. It’s amazing how God has been orchestrating all of these connections, which is the whole point of why I included my difficult story in Rage: to reach others who can relate to it. I hope that Rage will always encourage others to go for healing and to share their story, and that’s where my heart is. I’m so excited to see more of what God is going to do through Rage and through me.

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