Work in Progress
There are more stories in my mind, but none are fully planned out, so I won’t include them here until they are a bit more mature.
My Writing Story
I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, you’d find me cooped up in armchairs like a cat or propped up inside of door frames, always with a book in my hands.
During summers spent at my grandma’s house, I’d read books like The Little Prince, the yellowed old copy that is now framed above my desk, and The Diary of a Young Girl, which I didn’t really understand because I was too young. This is where I ultimately wrote my first story: a short story about a little cigarette called Phillip who went on an adventure to avoid death by fire. It was inspired by my grandma’s chain-smoking habit, and guess what her favorite brand of cigarettes was. Yep, Phillip Morris.
I was never good at saying what I meant, so writing gave me a voice and an outlet. Reading a poem at my best friend’s funeral as a young teenager made me realize just how much power these words could hold. But it was also what made me take a very long hiatus from writing. No words seemed to matter afterward.
In the end, the need for an escape returned me to books, written and read. With the help of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, as well as Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, and the like, I began writing fantasy novels and short stories. We’ll pretend I never wrote an entire fan fiction novel as a sequel to Lord of the Rings.
It was years before I finally finished a novel. In 2015, I wrote Chase during NaNoWriMo, well, a very rough first draft. In 2018, it was edited and published. I recently published a video of myself re-reading the first chapter, and it’s imperfect, but I’m still very proud of it. I didn’t just check the bucket list item of publishing a novel, I published an entire trilogy, Chase and two sequels. And by the time I published the third and final book, my next novel was almost done.
I am currently writing my first LGBTQ+ romance novel and the sequel to Spores, and can’t wait to share both with the world.