If you didn't already guess due to the lack of photos, I am writing my first novel under a pen name. I live in a small town in Texas, work with children and will be writing romantic suspense novels. Those things do not mix well together. This was a tough decision, one I will write about more in the future, but it's one that I am content with at this moment.
Due to the fact that I can't reveal my real name, I will give you some basics about my life. I work in an elementary school in Texas and have two boxer dogs, whom I spoil way too much. I wrote my first novel, Lover's Oak, when I was 22 years old. However, I have been gifted/plagued (however you want to look at it) with the writing bug since I was very young. I remember writing my first fractured fairy tale in 3rd grade and loving the fact that I could make characters do whatever I wanted. It was a new concept for me--a rule follower all of my life. In 5th grade I figured out that I could use my friends in my stories and make them do and be whatever I wanted. I gained quite a following of friends who wanted to tap into my imagination and help create fantasy lives for themselves. It was great fun and soon after that our family got our first computer. Wow, I sound old! We got one of the first Macintosh computers when I was in 6th grade. This opened a whole new world for my writing. I was able to chicken peck my way through story after story and it became my greatest past time that lasted through middle school. And as we all know in high school we tend to get busy with friends, boys, activities, college applications, clubs, etc. It wasn't until college that I revisited my love of writing and started yet again. However, this time I knew I wanted to write a novel and it took me two years off and on. That novel is the one that is currently in the editing stages called Lover's Oak.
I finished this novel at 22, but am now 30 years old. Life just got in the way of me trying to get it published. Not to mention the fact that I wrote it simply for the joy of writing and not with the intent to get it published. That thought never entered my mind until my mom read it and praised me. Even then it wasn't a serious thought because all moms love their children's accomplishments and give the standard accolades. I became a first time teacher and was so incredibly busy with that and then with graduate school that writing still seemed like a fun hobby. I would come back to Lover's Oak every once in a while and read it again, editing as I went. Finally after moving schools last year and getting settled in a new job I decided over Christmas break to give it a shot and find myself an agent to help me publish my book.
And here we are. The story of my journey to find an agent will be told next weekend. Please check back then and maybe it will give you some tips on how to find the right agent for your book.
Happy reading, friends!