June 2021 Feature Article
From Bookworm to Bookwriter
One of the questions I get asked the most is if I’ve always wanted to be an author. My answer is no. Writing was never on my radar but it was in God’s plan for my life.
I have always loved books, though. Some of my earliest memories with my grandmother involve the library. I would make my way downstairs to the children’s section while grandma would spend time researching genealogy.
My love for reading followed me into adulthood. My preferred genre was mystery/suspense. No romance. None. Ew. Yuck. In 2013 I started keeping track of the books I read that year, I think my total was 63. In 2014 I started reading one of James Patterson’s series. I believe I was on the fourth book in the series when my father was rushed to the emergency room with pneumonia and admitted. I continued reading. I’d go up at night and sit with him. He’d watch some show and I’d read a book. Much like high school. One week turned into two weeks. Two into three. He spent 23 days in the hospital until he was placed on hospice. He died the next day.
I mourned. I grieved. I cried. A lot. I continued to read. I threw myself into books. I escaped the pain with books. Again, I kept a log of the books I read that year. By December 31, 2014, I had read 135 books. I doubled the previous year. Reading was my therapy.
I remember being at my mom’s house once day and needing something to read. She’s not a reader but a coworker had given her two books for me. Which, if I’m honest, did not appeal to me. They were Love Inspired Suspense books. Remember, romance, yuck. Plus, I hadn’t read any Christian fiction. But I was desperate. I read those two books and was hooked. Fast forward to March 2015, 135+ books later, a large chunk of them Love Inspired Suspense, I was reading one day and thought “I can do this. I can write a book.” And I did.
I have a vague recollection of starting NaNoWriMo in 2011 with a friend. I think the only thing I accomplished was completing a profile and never looked back. But I dove in and started writing this book. The words flowed.
The main character comes home to take care of her recently deceased father’s estate. Something I know a thing or two about. I found a contest hosted by Love Inspired Suspense, #blurbtobook. I stepped out of my comfort zone and entered. I didn’t make it past the first round but I dug in and finished writing the novel and submitted it through their regular channel. All my hard work ended with a form rejection. By this time, I had already started on book two and decided to sit on book one for a while.My best friend continued to encourage me to find a publisher for the book. I kept saying I’d do it one day, maybe when book two was complete.
God had other plans though. I was browsing Facebook on my lunch break one day when a friend mentioned #pitmad. I thought “Why not?” I pitched and got a like within 5 minutes. That was such an amazing feeling. I submitted and eventually signed a contract. Thus, Hidden Danger was born. I’ve since written and published two more novels, Expecting Danger and Deadly Connection, and one novella, Giving Grace. And there are many more to come.
God has given me a career I didn’t know I wanted.