Like so many other people, I've been writing all my life. In 2004, my husband encouraged me to pursue writing seriously. Since that time, I've learned so much, I can hardly believe that I used to think you just need to get it down on paper.
The most valuable lessons I've learned have come from fellow writers in a writing group I was admitted to, and from three other sources: "Turkey City Lexicon" www.sfwa.org/writing/turkeycity.html, "Holt's Ten mistakes" www.holtuncensored.com/ten_mistakes.html, and Stephen King's "Ten Minutes" article www.mikeshea.net/Everything_You_Need_to_Kn.html. I would advise anyone to have a look at them.
I write fantasy fiction, to my mind a bit of an oversaturated field at present, with everyone trying to be J.K. Rowling 2. To crown it, I was advised my writing style is most suited to the Young Adult market. This is where my talents lie, though, and there's no help for it, so when you read this, I'm probably making some poor youngster trudge through a world far away.
To date, I've had only one short story published in Gryphonwood Press e-zine. I'm working on the x-tieth draft of my second novel, lost count at around five or so...
Interests: Reading, hiking, cycling.
Published writer: No