writing while it's raining, cats, concerts, lying in the sun by the pool, travel, swimming, dancing, Keith Urban, donuts, cheese, moscato, clean sheets, brie cheese, live music, jägerbombs, Danielle LaPorte, lazy Sundays binge watching tv, book club meet ups, girls' weekends away, Sons of Anarchy, art journalling, Hawaii, bourbon, author event weekends, attending writer conferences, the beach, meditation, hanging with my kid, New York, art galleries, the theatre, poetry, time with my besties, Citywalk's Rising Star Orlando, Nashville, Pink, everything christmas, learning new things, massages.
I've always written from around the age of twelve. Back then, I used to create my own newspaper and write all the articles for it. I'd photocopy the pages and distribute to my family. The crazy stuff we do as kids! My teens were filled with writing in my journals and then later, I began writing stories. I always featured as the main female who fell in love, usually with whichever rockstar I was infatuated with at the time. More crazy shit lol. At around age sixteen, I collaborated on a story with a friend. She'd take our book home one night and write a chapter, and then I'd take it home the next night. I wrote my first sex scene back then. I remember having to flick through one of my mother's romances for tips on that lol.
Anyway, as I grew and attended uni (don't judge me, but I've started four degrees now and not finished one), had a child and started accumulating all the baggage of life, writing fell to the background. I wrote every now and then, usually finishing a chapter or two and then putting the story back down to get back to life and paying bills. Then came Fifty Shades...
I was obsessed with indie authors after reading Fifty Shades and then Beautiful Disaster. My nights and weekends were filled with reading and being a part of the indie community online. I pulled my notepads out and began writing again. At that time, I was studying a psychology degree and loving it, but my lifetime dream of publishing a book came back into view as I learned about self publishing. In late 2013, I decided to put my studies on hold to take a shot at making my dream come true. I published Storm on the 21st November that year and haven't looked back. That book sold thousands of copies and then my second book, Fierce, hit the USA Today Bestseller list three months later. I quit my job a couple of months after that and have written full time ever since. I've also been blessed to travel the world meeting readers at signings, and visiting countries I never thought I'd see.
I was almost 40 when I achieved my dream. Never ever give up on what you want in life.
"Not all who wander are lost." ~ J. R. R. Tolkien