In the past, it’s been difficult for me to share my writing. I’ve done so in classes only because of necessity. Putting a piece of writing out there is oftentimes like exposing a piece of my soul. This blog is my attempt to put myself out there.
I am a 30-something former teacher, current attorney & aspiring writer. I have always loved the written word. I love the way an author can transport you to another time or place. As a child, I was constantly imagining different worlds & different lives. I began writing short stories in elementary or middle school. They were usually simplified versions of the numerous books that began filling my bookshelves, a sort of fan-fiction. I think that I inherited my love of reading from my mother and my grandmother, both avid readers. They both supported my early attempts at writing.
I went on to major in English and teach British literature to high school students. I came to love the way a book can make you understand & empathize with a character wholly unfamiliar to yourself. There are few things I love more than a lazy day at home with a good book and my animals. I love the feel and smell of an actual, physical book. My office/library is absolutely overflowing with books! Despite my borderline hoarding of books, I also collect ebooks. There’s something to be said for the ease of carrying hundreds of books on a small tablet. There are several titles that I own both a hardback version and an ebook version.
Here are some of the writers and novels that have inspired me:
Rebecca, by Daphne de Maurier, may be my all-time favorite novel. I collect various editions from used book stores and thrift shops. The opening line, “Last night I dreamt I went to manderley again…”, immediately transports me to a new world of secrets and suspense.
Jodi Piccoult – My Sister’s Keeper is my favorite by Jodi Piccoult & helped inspire me to go to law school. I find that everything she writes is moving, intelligent, and thought-provoking.
Philipa Gregory – A historian turned novelist, Ms. Gregory is best known for her Tudor series. If you’re reading her novels, be sure to bookmark her website which provides additional historical info & the family trees that are necessary to understand the complex family relationships.
Nicholas Sparks has the ability to perfectly capture the joys and heartbreaks that accompany love & relationships. His website also has some advice for young writers and some great recommendations for reading.