When I mention to someone that I have written a
book, and I am getting ready to release it soon, they
look at me as if they want to get my autograph. I am so honored and humbled to have had the gift to write.
It goes back many years for me. I didn't just wake up one day and say "I want to become a writer." It is in my blood. It was a true gift from God. I began writing small things. It started for me in about 6th grade. I loved to read and would take a flash light to bed so I could read under the covers. Soon I would take a pencil and paper under the sheets and try to rewrite some of the stories or add on to them.
As years went by and I left college, I was in the
work force. THE VIETNAM WAR was in full force and everyone was working, going to collage or in the service. Young men were drafted at that time.
I wanted to be a War Correspondent, but I didn't have the credentials. I was only
20 something, at the time, and working in a "Trust Department" of a bank. The best I could do at the time was to send cameras and film to Vietnam and get them back and develop the photo's. I shared them with the newspapers, but you never knew what they would use and they didn't care about paying you for them. Sometimes I would see similar photo's I was developing, in the newspapers, but I really couldn't take the credit for the Photos, as I never knew for sure if anyone used them. I didn't really care at the time, as long as the public could see what was going on in the War. With two soldiers from Vietnam and another lady I wrote a story about the War while listing to the song, by the Hollies, "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother". Someday I plan on getting that published. It was a beginning for me that kept me writing. After writing copy for advertising for many companies, and writing my Real Estate Advertisements and Real Estate Newsletters, I worked for Fox News Radio and many other grateful businesses. I decided this was my love. I had creative writing classes in collage, among other majors such as psychology, ugh....and experience behind me, so I pursued writing on the side. In the future I was blessed to meet a magnificent Lady that knew the Reagan's. She knew that I had written a screen play about Alzheimer's and took it to Nancy Reagan. After Nancy told her that she liked it, Lillie my friend asked me to write a book about her life including the Reagan's. That is my baby, "Situation Maid." It takes a long time to do a book. You have your initial drafts, your additions, your deletes, your spelling and grammar and corrections etc.
Sometimes it is like moving a mountain to get someone to even look at your work.
After sending out proposals to Agents and many rejection letters I was blessed to have been picked up by a wonderful Agent. I had to turn down a few offers in the beginning because they didn't feel comfortable to me. I was blessed with my match and my Agent
matched me up with a wonderful Publishing Co... A match made in Heaven including a
outstanding Editor. So now we are in the last part of our edits and will soon be going to
our release period. I have left out so much, so you can fill in the blanks... I only want to encourage anyone that is a writer to keep on with your writing and never give up.
When I sit down to write I never know where it is going to end, just like this article.
I almost sit down with my eyes shut and let my fingers do the work. Its a gift I say.....
Thank You for reading.
Please let me know if I can be of any help to you in your writing adventure.
I must say that I am very blessed by my husband, John, (Elvis's Cousin) He has encouraged me through the years and always blows the horn for me........
I love to help others.