To write, you must first…

I often joke that much like a superhero or masked avenger… I live a dual life.

An accountant by day and author by the dark of night.

I always liked to read. When I was young, my mother was not an avid reader; rather she was addicted to reading. Any time she had her nose in a book, the house might be crumbling around her and she wouldn’t notice. To get her attention, I placed my hand on the book, covering whatever she was reading and push the book down at the same time. She often tried to convince me to read the books, which attracted her as a young girl. A Wrinkle in Time is the one that remains clear in my mind. She never encouraged me to delve into what she read at the time, Barbara Cartland.

I did read books, which caught my fancy at the library, no one seemed to keep me reading. Until the night, I sat in a college library, waiting for my husband to finish a night course. A display of paperbacks on a rack caught my attention. A small young woman perched atop a golden flying dragon with an ominous red planet in the background, drew me in. Dragonflight by the late Anne McCaffrey transported me back into the world of reading. Her Dragonriders of Pern series renewed my love of the written word.

I went back to college in 2007 and all my reading became academic. At that time, I discovered books-on-tape then audio-CDs, and now audiobooks. With a forty-five minute to an hour commute, one way, I indulged in more stories and discovered new authors and genres. From mysteries by Janet Evanovich and JD Robb to Urban Fantasy by authors such as Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jim Butcher and Christine Feehan. I thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series, thanks to the wonderful narration by Jim Dale. Currently I have over 75 authors whose work I follow. My iPod Classic contains more than 300 stories. You could say I am an avid reader with eclectic taste.

What has this to do with writing, you are asking yourself.

Everything!

To write, you must first read.

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Tell me about your reading experience:

  • What did your parents encourage you to read?
  • If you stopped reading for a while, who reignited your passion for reading?
  • Do you have a favorite genre?

 

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