A lover of stories and words.
Oh, wait. Did you want more? Most of what I am can be summed with those six words. I love stories, therefore I read them and write them and watch them. I love words, therefore I use them and play with them and edit them and publish them.
*pets the words*
Okay. If you want it more plainly, it’s this: I’m an author, content strategist, blogger, and reader. I’m also a coffee drinker, occasional wine imbiber, watcher of true crime, and lover of adventures (especially if they’re in Minneapolis, which is an amazing city and not just because I live in it).
I’ve written urban fantasy, now I’m onto romantic suspense (because Minneapolis). I think I’ll stay in the romantic suspense genre for a while because it marries my love of the criminal justice system and romance novels. My content strategist life involves writing about publishing and writing and marketing.
Let’s back up. As a lover of stories and words, I began with reading. And reading. And reading more. (I read 120 books in 2015. That was a slow year.) Writing is a natural extension of that when you also love putting words together.
But the truth is, for a long time I was scared. Scared to try and fail. It wasn’t until I met other people who liked to write that I really tried, and when my editing business morphed into a coaching business, I wanted to be able to help people through the self-publishing process.
And well, the best way to help someone through the process is to go through the process yourself. So I put aside all my fears and doubts and did it.
Now you can’t make me stop. I love creating. I mean, the answer to “Why?” really is “Why not?” And here you thought I was just being silly.
Oh, yes! This is my favorite topic. I work full-time (that content strategist thing), so my time for authoring (my all-encompassing word for the writing and editing and publishing and marketing that happens in an author’s life) is limited by that and this annoying little thing I’m told is called “having a life.” That means I’m all about prioritizing and making it happen even when I’d rather sit on the couch and binge-watch Futurama for the fortieth time.
Here’s how the writing magic happens: every weekday morning, I get up at six, shower, then write for half an hour. This is my routine. I’ve trained myself to be creative within that time frame. I set a timer, close out any distractions, and author. It’s amazing how much I can accomplish in such a short time.
When I’m on my game, I add another half hour of writing (or editing) in the evening after work, and try to fit in everything else in my free time. I have a writing group I meet once a week to discuss our goals, and they keep me on track for a lot of the other stuff (e.g., marketing and blogging).
The rest of it? I just make it up as I go along. Including my books.