My mom recalls one occasion when I refused to go to sleep as a young child until I had been read my bedtime story, a nightly ritual. She got no further than "Once Upon a Time" before I was snoring. Books have forever been a part of my life but it wasn't until I was eleven and was transported to a magical school in England that my love of books turned to borderline obsession. In Jr. High I would read my books under my desk in History class hoping the teacher wouldn't notice, she did. I have been grounded from reading at least twice in my life. Nothing has gotten me in more trouble.
In high school I made the mistake of putting my love of books aside to pursue a "realistic" career. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training in 2014. I enrolled in Massage Therapy School that Autumn and was licensed May of 2015.
As I pursued these "realistic" and "practical" fields writing was still on my mind. I would write in my free time whenever I felt inspired and had the notion in my head that one day, perhaps when I retired from massage, I would take on writing full time. Until then I would just write a page here and there.
I loved being a Massage Therapist and planned to keep to the career until old age. Something terrifying happened just two and a half years after being licensed. I confessed out loud what I'd been too scared to admit for fifteen years. "I want to be a writer."
Overnight, and without meaning to, my life changed. Each morning I would write until I had to tear myself away to go to work. Immediately upon coming home from work I would watch author interviews and read "How To" books on writing. I would write late into the evening until I had to sleep, committed to writing something worthwhile each day.
After six months of writing full time I had the first draft of Blood Fiercely Defended. Now, a year and a half later, it is done. It is one of my first steps toward making my lifelong dream of being a writer a reality. I am all in. I do not have a back up plan. I will make this work, because I know now, I am a writer, always have been.