What storytelling is to me:

Aspiring author 1978

Have I always wanted to be a writer? Yes!

By the age of six, my parents could tell you that I had a vivid imagination. By age ten, I asked Santa for a typewriter, so I could be a real writer. My love of reading fueled my imagination. I’m in a happy place when I’m inventing characters and weaving their stories.

Although I wrote stories down throughout the years, they were mostly starts, and were never finished. Just like people, characters fascinate me! Bringing a variety of characters to life is both fun and gratifying. When not writing down ideas, my mind has always been filled with plotting themes, relationships, and certain characters seemed to blaze to life and demand to be expanded. The funny thing about this creative process is sometimes you never know where the story will take you. You’ll be typing along, following one rational road, when the creative dam breaks, and suddenly you are whisked away with scene after scene of twists and turns. And I ask myself, what are these characters going to do now? Well, all I can say about that is, these are the days writer’s live for! The creative flow! It beats retyping the same paragraph all day.

Finishing a novel and making my dream come true:

As I’ve stated, most of my stories had great starts, but seemed to fizzle. Why did this novel get finished? Well, in high school a teacher once told me to “write what you know” and at that time I knew my life experiences were limited. So with that wisdom tucked in the back of my mind, I always told myself that one day, after I’ve lived a little, my novel would be born. My debut novel, Flying Backwards, starts with a parallel character Eleanor, who like me, was brought up in a small town with a close family and leaves to pursue a career as a flight attendant. But Eleanor’s story took off on a more exotic path than my personal story and I enjoyed following her journey to find fulfillment. When I finished the last sentence of the manuscript I felt a quiet sense of accomplishment. I had chuckled at the words I’d heard so long ago write what you know. They certainly rang true in this case. But now what? I wondered if others would enjoy Eleanor’s romantic adventures. I’ve always wanted to be an author, but never imaged it would come true. Why not give it a try? I’d already been a flight attendant and lost my position after the events of 9/11. After that, I went back to school to get a degree and I became an interior designer. Of course being a wife and mother added richness to my life. After turning forty, I began to look at the future - holding a bucket list in my hand. So in concussion, why not add author to my career list?

Flying Backwards is a light-hearted story of a girl who wants to break free and find her own way and her own happiness in life. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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