When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I wish I were one of those writers who could say, “I always knew I wanted to be a writer; ever since I could hold a crayon.” But I’m not.
Prior to my 20s, it never occurred to me that normal every-day people could be writers or professionally creative, for that matter. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought that in my circle because I distinctly remember this conversation between two friends:
Friend One: “I want to be a painter.”
Friend Two: “Paint what? Houses?”
Friend One (except this time with a ‘what-in-the-world’ look on her face): “No. Art. Duh.”
That conversation made an impact on me in more ways than one. First, I thought it was hilarious. Second, I can still remember it some twenty years later. Back then in my life, being creative was not really considered a talent let alone a career. Being creative was merely a hobby.
Anyway, shortly into my 20s I knew in my heart that I had the soul of a writer and that I wanted to write novels someday. I just figured I needed to live a fun and adventurous life first.
Turns out, I lived a quite sensible life with some fun and adventure. But now, my writer’s soul can not keep quiet any longer. Now in my 40s, I find joy in writing these stories, letting these characters live and have their say. I find it especially fun when one of these characters says or does something that shocks and surprises me!
What do you write?
I grew up in a family of five sisters. I have known my two best girl friends for almost thirty years now. I am an aunt to four nieces and have two daughters. There is a saying, you might have heard it, “Write what you know.”
I write about women and the wonderfully complex relationships we have between mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. And since most women always want to know, “Who’s dating who?” I write a little bit about that too!
What do you want to be when you grown up?
A good example for my daughters.