Behind the Author
Writing has, and always will be a passion for me. I used to create stories and make my own pop-up paper books in elementary. I had to do the illustrations and they were terrible, but it was the story that kept my family and friends entertained. I continued to study my writing craft, always developing, always creating.
I hit a moment in my life where it was time to move and my mother thought, let's go down to Los Angeles. I came from a small town in Lake Tahoe, California and Los Angles was one big, exciting city. In High school, I won a short story competition. What made me go wow, was scripts! They were easy for me and had a lot less detail. At the time, I was all about short, sweet and to the point. Movies, scripts, and the spotlight was the dream and vision! Dialogue came natural to me, it was the art of story telling through acting and dialogue I needed to understand. I continued my courses in film schools and colleges, breaking into the industry as a makeup artist...wait...what??? A makeup artist? I know, that is a twist and I'm saving that story for a biography...one day...
Screenplays are fun! Being a makeup artist showed me the path behind the camera and boy, is it a long journey. I continued writing and after constantly being told to change my plot and characters into what sold for the year, I found myself constantly defeated. Summersville originally was many screenplays about a new soap opera series. I submitted, got down to the final moments where this could happen, I could be green-lit! Then, to be told...sorry, reality TV has taken over. The dream dimmed.
Deep down, I knew this story could work. I challenged myself and decided to become an author and give Summersville the story is deserved. Plus, these characters in my head never left. I have been writing them since high school. Submitting to publishing houses and agents were even more disappointing. There are a lot of scams out there and I have learned from all of them. The let down to be told to change to my characters into vampires, or wizards, or could I change the plot where kids are killing one another. Can they be super heroes? I have heard it all.
I still stuck to my vision. I read, and attended some courses over the years from my favorite authors and other writers. They shared their writing journey. They inspired, stuck to their plan, never letting go of the dream. Even when many people, and I mean many people told them no, or they weren't good enough, or their story wouldn't sell, someone would end up believing and being in their corner and told them yes. They didn't give in and neither will I. I looked into self-publishing. I have been able to keep my characters, mine. I don't have to change the plot, or be told my genre isn't popular right now and it's best to shelve the story for 3-5 years. Now, I decide to release what I want, when I want.
Since turning my passion into a profession, I officially released Summersville back in 2013. It's been growing pains, but it's out there. I continue to write the series. Two years ago, I looked back at my work and told myself, nope! It needs a re-vamp. I pulled the books, had the covers redone and re-released the books. I figure if the public doesn't mind the many re-boots on movies and characters, why can't writers do that with their books? It's all learning lessons I believe makes me a better writer. No matter who we are in this world, we are always studying our craft. I am constantly exploring new themes, genres and ideas. It’s incredibly hard work, but not to sound too cliche but, if it was meant to be easy, everyone would be doing it.
What makes me happy? Sitting down, start typing on a fresh blank page, and allow the ideas to pour out and flow. Thank you for stopping by my page, I hope you subscribe or drop an email. I love to read from my readers.