I thought you might like to learn how and why I became a writer. Don't yawn yet.
It's just that I've been asked this question many times. Everyone travels a different road to publication, and maybe you can learn from my mistakes because my road was long with a lot of curves.
Once upon a time in a land far, far away, I was a budding writer. What makes a "budding" writer?
Someone who loves to read.
I have always loved books. One day in high school, my English teacher gave the class a challenge to write a short story. I don't remember the story I wrote, something about a tall, creepy-looking giant who nobody liked, anyway, my teacher was so impressed that she had me read it in front of the entire class. I guess she thought it was good.
Then life happened, I got married at a very young age. After my first child was born I was suffering from the baby blues. My reading kicked up a lot while baby was sleeping!!! I read all the books I owned, then started on my mother's books. She had all the classics of Mary Stewart, Dorothy Eden, Phylis Whitney, Nora Lofts and on and on. After a while my wise mother suggested that I write a book.
I was shocked, and then I became excited.
I wrote my first book in long hand. When I finished, I borrowed Mom's typewriter (it looked amazingly like this one) and typed up my manuscript. (Am I ever grateful for the computers we have today!)
With the novel finished, I called a published author. I wanted his advice about where I could send it. I don't remember this guy's name but he said, "What makes you think that you can write a book other people would want to read?"
I was crushed, and yes, I cried.
So what did I do next? You'll have to stop by next Monday, and I'll continue to tell you about my road to publication. ;)