I’m so excited to share something with you Dear Readers!
But first, a bit of backstory.
Since before I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. Like I talked in a previous post called I Remember, I grew up thinking that I was going to be a songwriter. I spent most days jotting lyrics down in spiral notebooks. I was so sure I was going to move to Nashville once I graduated high school and get a job writing for a living.
Then the fact that I couldn’t sing or play guitar kicked that dream in the teeth.
Soon my brain put together that lyrics and poems weren’t that much different. Around the same time, I entered the dark swampland of being a teenager and had a lot more to write about. I spilled every drop of my soul I couldn’t express out loud on paper. I invested myself in stories and poem. It sounds cliche but they were my escape. So I wrote a lot.
My writing got me into Advanced Placement courses in high school and won me a few awards. Then my home life took a nose dive and I had to get a job. It was a rough time with very little room for writing. Finally, I graduated, went to college and did okay. I’d sit in the cemetery near campus and write. (Yes, I know, I’m a walking cliche) It seemed I was finally in a place to expand and explore writing.
Then I dropped out of college and into a domestic life.
It’s been a struggle getting back to what I love doing. Almost like a Lifetime movie, I had to strip away the layers of being a mom and find the woman inside. (See, I was totally not joking about being a cliche.)
That’s why what I’m about to tell you is SUCH a big deal.
I am now officially a published poet.
It features 22 poems and 12 short stories of creepy, disturbing goodness. And one of those poems, entitled Four Locks and Sunday Hair Pins was written by me!
My words are in there! My idea! The little universe I created is printed on those pages (and available in digital form)!!
I was also on Unnerving’s Interview Series podcast. You can find the episode I was on here. My part starts around 40 minutes in, but you should really listen to the whole thing. Amy Lukavics is an outstanding author and last year was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. Her new novel is called Nightingale. It sounds incredible and I’ve added it to my To Read list.
I don’t think I can fully explain how excited I am over this.
Since I was young, I’ve wanted to be able to call myself an author. I wanted my words to be out there. And this blog does that. The various websites I’ve had pieces published on do that (check my About Me). But this, this is a book.
I’m in a book.
I’m in a fucking book!!
This satisfies an itch I’ve had since I was just a weird little girl. It’s validation that all my daydreaming and world building has paid off.
It’s something I’ve wanted for such a long time.
And now, I want more.
I want to write and create. I want to develop and publish. I want a full book of my work.
In sports, they call it staying hungry. Now that I’ve had a taste, like a vampire locked in a crypt, I’m starving.