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Friday, August 29, 2014

Candor Fridays- Week Seven

It’s Friday, folks! Hopefully you all know what that means by now…

Just one question this week, from Harpley: Do you remember why you decided to become a writer, or what books began to shape that dream and desire in you?

I can honestly say there aren’t any specific books that made me want to be a writer. Every book I’ve ever read has fueled my imagination in some way, of course, but I can’t pinpoint any that inspired me to actually be a writer.

I have always been a storyteller. I used to come home from school with stories to tell- some that my parents spotted as obvious fabrications and others that left them a bit concerned. But, for me, it was just that school wasn’t exciting enough so I made up more interesting stories to tell.

And then, once we started homeschooling, Mom used to give us a prompt every day and we would have to write off of it. Sometimes it was a non-fiction prompt (like, what is your favorite color and why? or something) but, for the most part, she left  a lot of room open for creativity and I would create characters and stories around the prompts. From there, I started creating stories in my free time, some based off of books I’d read, some from the imagination games I played with my sister and friends, and some from random ideas I got out of the blue. I read a lot of course, but I can’t say there was a set of books or anything that sealed my fate as an author. Every book I read contributed to that.

I don’t remember the name of the book that prompted me to start calling myself an author. I simply remember reading the “about the author” page in the back of the book- I was around twelve at the time?- and it suddenly dawned on me, this realization that this thing I did for fun, people actually got paid for it; I could get paid for it.

And, from there, there was no turning back.

So, yeah, I feel like my questions didn’t give you any real answers… :P Sorry about that… XD

And, that’s that! Make sure to send in your questions for next week, everyone! Can’t wait to see what you all have for me to answer next! Hopefully, I’ll see you on Monday.

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