I am a person with too many hobbies and not enough time. I am married and have one child. I will call my son Buddy on this blog and on Instagram although that is only my nickname for him. It wasn’t something I did intentionally; I just catch myself calling him Buddy frequently. He is five and is a very active, curious, imaginative, creative child. Did I mention he is very active? He really doesn’t know how to sit still. I’m not sure what happened. My husband and I are both pretty calm people who like to sit down and read all day. I love his curiosity and his creativity. I listen to him jabber with his figures and smile at the stories he tells. Perhaps he’ll be a writer one day too!
I love to be creative. Growing up my mom taught me every craft under the sun, except quilting, which happened to be the one thing I wanted to learn more than anything. In college I taught myself to quilt. Then I came home and taught my mom and my sister to quilt.
I read quite a bit, but I wish I had time to read more so I could keep up with my kids. That is my school kids. I teach middle school, 6th graders. I love fantasy, especially epic fantasy, the thicker, more epic the better. Some of my favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and I think I need to add Patrick Rothfuss to the list. I started reading his giant tome called Name of the Wind, and since it has been almost a year since I read an epic fantasy novel, it felt like coming home to a nice cozy chair by the fire. I also happen to love YA and NA (New Adult) books, which is good since I need to be familiar with those books to do my job well. See My Philosophy page for more information on that topic.
I also write fantasy. I wrote about the beginning of my writing dream here. After I came home from college I created a world and wrote 130 pages of a novel. I fumbled around and knew I had a lot to learn, so I started reading books on how to write novels. From those books I learned I had far more to learn than I ever imagined. I stopped writing for 10 years. I stumbled onto the Writing Excuses podcast and listened to it for the last 7 years. Much of what I know about writing, I learned from that podcast. I can’t say enough good things about it. If you want to be a writer, listen to it. Season 10 is a great place to start because it is a master course on how to write a book from start to finish.
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