I can’t live without writing. It’s a lens I use to better understand the world around me.
My First Novel
In the spring of 2016, fresh out of college and excited about the future, I decided to pursue my life-long dream of a writing career. I polished up and edited my in-progress fantasy novel and sent it (hopefully) into the world of publishing. To my astonishment Clean Reads, a small, enterprising publishing company, scooped it up and published it in June of 2017.
I couldn’t believe it – I was a published author! Halfbreeds could now be read and enjoyed by so many other people, and readers could come to love the characters as much as I do!
The Wrong Path
Meanwhile, however, I was following professions that other people (not myself) thought were best for me. I was teaching middle school and high schoolers, tutoring writing, and writing for a local magazine, and I soon realized what every other teacher who does not like to teach has learned: teaching is not a lucrative enough career to justify not following another non-lucrative path. Also, I have Myalgic Encephilitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) which means I have a very limited amount of energy each day. When I poured that limited energy into interacting with other people through my teaching, I had nothing left in me with which to write.
A New Path
So, I turned inward, realized I was pursuing something I did not want to do for the rest of my life, and asked myself why I should wait to start the rest of my life? Why couldn’t I publish more books, write more short stories, and constantly improve my craft?
Above anything, I want to write, be creative, and devote myself to telling stories of all kinds for people everywhere to enjoy, and that’s what I’m going to do!
This is the purpose I’ve devoted to my life, and the pursuance of which I have employed this site.
Email: elizabeth @ thefairytaleblog.com