All About Me
If you want the long story of who I am, you can find that here. The short story is this…
My grandfather was a writer. My father was a writer. I am a writer. It’s in my blood. It’s in my soul. It’s who I am.
I blog. I write fiction. And when I’m not doing one of those, I’m narrating my life on Facebook or in a journal, or I’m watching life unfold around me and taking notes (both mental and on paper) so that I can write about it.
When I started writing Aloha Also Means Goodbye I had an infant in a car seat at my feet and a story in mind, and, if we’re honest, I wasn’t 100% sure I could actually write a novel. After all, I specialized in 600 word blog posts, not 80 000 word stories. The story unfolded, the characters grew and, as my baby thrived, my novel thrived alongside. At the end of the year I had a toddler and a very rough draft of my first finished novel.
And then I put it away. The book. Not the kid. And I got a job managing social media and blogger outreach for a company specialized in greeting cards and stationery. For two years I focused on that job (and the kid and her sister), learning everything there was to learn about how to manage blog campaigns and great social accounts, but not so much on the book. Until one day I pulled it out and read it and realized that with a little work it might actually be worth reading.
So I rewrote it, and rewrote it, and rewrote it. And I had some friends read it, and then I made the changes they suggested. And then I got a publisher who also happens to be a brilliant editor and once I’d made the changes she suggested, the book was finally ready for the world to read. Ready for you to read.
And now, I’m working on another while doing a whole lot of other kinds of writing, like ad copy, brilliant emails, website text you might actually want to read, and helping people with their social media strategy and positioning.
I no longer have a baby at my feet, now it’s a fluffy dog, but I’m still working just as hard, if not harder.