Ever since I can remember, but probably around the age of 11 or 12, I began writing stories. One was a story about a little girl with a dream of becoming a figure skater in the Olympics. I think this was inspired by the 1992 Olympics and I was fascinated with figure skating. I still have the story. It's awful. But hey, I was 12.
Then I gradually moved into darker stuff and dabbled in poetry. I also (when I was 16, I think) wrote a series of short stories about a ridiculous hillbilly family. It's called The Donners. I still think it's hilarious.
I didn't write for most of my 20s. I have no idea why, but maybe it's because I caught up in what I thought it meant to be an "adult." Too many of us give up on the artistic pursuits that brought us so much joy as children. But those are things we should nurture our entire lives. <steps down from soap box> I tried to write a novel around age 30 but lost interest. It was called Press Play. I might go back one day and finish it. Then, in 2013, I started what I thought would be a short story called The Devil You Know. I got to 40,000 words and realized there was a lot left of the story and it would be enough to fill three books (and as it turns out, four!)
And that brings us to today and the Black Shadows series. I initially published The Devil You Know in 2015 but learned so much in the past few years that I decided to improve the book cover and marketing and re-launch in January 2018. Fast forward to now, and the series is complete with four books (Book two: Shadow House, Book three: Eternal, and Book four: Ageless: The Final Chapter) and (as of Sept 2019) I've just completed an entirely new book, working title, The One. I think I may go back and write a spin-off series for Black Shadows and revisit Cecilia, Aiden, Kat, Amber and all the rest. One day. For now, I'm super excited about The One. It's not a fantasy/supernatural (like the Black Shadows series) thriller, but a psychological thriller, with plenty of dark and twisted stuff, and of course, a little romance and a little humor. Because, you've got to write what you love, right?!?
I love the magic of writing. You start with a spark of an idea and it grows into four books' worth, over 200,000 words. It amazes me. The thing that continues to both mystify and delight me is the fact that the books practically write themselves. OK, let me clarify. It's hard work. But, somehow, it's as if that world and these characters exist in some other dimension and I'm just tuned into it, writing down what I see and hear. I love it and I'm going to be doing this until the day I die.
Here's a picture of me in my car: