I used to have a little hardbound journal when I was in about second or third grade. I’d write little stories but mostly about stuff going on in my life. In fifth grade I wrote an autobiography. It was short. : )
Since then I’ve written a lot more. You remember school and all the writing? The essays? The forced short stories? I went to college and made a lot of stuff up. I was pretty good at writing around a subject. I became a teacher and wrote lesson plans. And report card comments. Those are fun. How many different ways can you tell someone their kid’s a genius? Or not living up to their potential? Or crazy? I’m most famous for my to-do lists. I have at least six going at all times. I will add something I’ve already done to the list to make myself feel better.
For a long time I tried to write "a novel." I have lots of half-finished manuscripts scattered on hard drives throughout my house, but it wasn't until The Clay Lion that I was finally able to complete an entire full-length manuscript.
These days I spend a lot of time answering interview questions, writing marketing blurbs, and occasionally, when I have the time, I work on writing another actual manuscript. ;)
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This is were you get to read about what's going on inside my head. I apologize in advance - the place is a wreck.