“The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.”
--John A. Simone
Hello and welcome to another exciting addition of L.T. Answers All! (Okay, not really, but Welcome all the same!) Today’s questions were asked all in a row and ironically, are all about writing. So here we go!
Elizabeth Bradley asked, How old were you when you started writing—when you knew you wanted to write?
I was eight years old when I knew I wanted to write books for the rest of my life. I wrote a silly little story for a friend about unicorns, Pegasus, and war. Right away, I was full of conflict. ;) (And apparently, had my genre picked out.)
DL Hammons asked, When was the first time somebody made a fuss about something you wrote?
The first time someone made a fuss about my writing was in 1994. My uncle had recently passed away so that’s how I remember the date so well. In an English class, our teacher wanted us to write a poem about someone we loved and who had taught us something. I didn’t know my uncle very well but the memories I had of him were good ones.
The poem was cheesy but heartfelt and in an innocent desire to help her feel better, I shared it with my grandmother. I look back on that poem now and shudder but she never did. Every time I saw her, for the next ten years or more, she praised that poem. The poem truly didn’t deserve it but it was the first time anyone had really seen something in my writing.
Though my grandmother has now gone to be reunited with her beloved husband and son, her words remain with me. I’ll never forget the way she made me want to do better—show her better than that silly attempt—but I don’t know that she ever would have changed her mind.
Kristina P. asked, If you weren’t a writer, what job would you have?
If I wasn’t a writer? You mean the world goes on? It still spins on its axis and the sun rises and sets? No. You’re pulling my leg.
Seriously, if I wasn’t a writer I’d probably clean barns for a living. I was raised with horses and despite how grody it sounds, there’s nothing like the smell of the barn. Naturally, I’d sneak a pony or two out for a ride. Compensation, right?
Well, that’s it for now! I’m trying to rein in my wordiness. (Ha ha!)
Until next time,
p.s. Tell me about your start as a writer. Don’t write? Fill me in on your passions and their beginnings.