Writing To Escape

This was originally posted on http://www.writingwenches.com (my contributed blog post)

I have written things for as long as I could remember. When I was younger it started with song lyrics, poetry and fan fiction. As I progressed in high school I was writing creative writing pieces and there my imagination flew.

I was asked not too long ago about me and my love for writing. Of all the things that I wanted to do in the world, why did I choose to write? The answer if quite simple while complicated at the same time.

Personally I enjoy writing. There is nothing more liberating than the imagination. Your imagination can take you places beyond your wildest dreams and who wouldn’t want to go someplace different. That’s what it’s like when you pick up a pen or pound away at the keys.

For other reasons, the last few year have been extremely blessing but bittersweet. I lost my first husband to cancer fifteen days after our son was born. We were only seven months into our marriage. I admit I was in a downward spiral of depression. If it wasn’t for my two oldest children (my oldest daughter and at the time newborn son), I don’t know how long that depression would last and then I picked up my journal. I haven’t kept a journal in so long, probably not since 2008.

I wrote some of the thing that I have felt. Some days it was no more than a few words and other days I wrote pages. It gave me an outlet. It gave me an escape. It became my escape from then until now.

By the middle of 2013, I told my fiancé that I wanted to write a book. He gave me all the right words of encouragement and got me a tablet so I could start writing. I self-published two short stories after that.

So when I get asked why do I write, it’s no more or no less than simply who wouldn’t want to go someplace else without leaving the comfort of your home. Or better yet why not write and give that gift to someone else?


Thank You V.C. & King

My tribute to VC Andrews & Stephen King

I have read books for as long as I could remember. It was always very vital to me that I would have some book that I could read. I would read books many in one day, and if got to the point that I would annoy the librarian because I read so quickly, I had nothing else to read.

I use to read things like The BabySitters Club, Sweet Valley High, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew. It was then that I realized that I needed a challenge. I needed books that I wouldn’t be able to finish in an hour or so.

I was an advanced reader for my age, so my mother introduced me to VC Andrews “Flowers in the Attic”. I know it seems why would I be allowed to read such things, but as I mentioned I was advanced when it came to reading.

I absolutely loved the way the book was written. It was different from the books I was used to, but it was great. If you never read Flowers in the Attic it’s about four siblings who mother and grandmother locks them up in an attic for three years. It is full of drama, lies and family secrets. It falls in the gothic horror genre.

I finished this book within two hours and I immediately had to read the rest of the series which my mother had in the bookshelf. So I read the final four books and I was hooked. The Dollanganger series became my favorite series of books from V C Andrews. .

She was able to take me to a place where I could feel pain, empathy, sadness and confusion while reading her book. I was able to feel emotion while I read. That’s one of the best things about reading the ability to be transported to another world.

Then there was Stephen King. The master of horror. I have read all of his books, but one. I love the way he was able to make you feel just a little bit fearful by just using words. A phrase or an action and you felt just a bit uneasy.

Carrie was my favorite book written by him. The story was written well and though Carrie caused so much destruction by the end of the book, I sympathized with her. She had been through an ordeal from a bunch of mean spirited girls.

If you have not read Carrie. It was about a shy high school girl who recently found that she had telekinetic powers. At prom she exacts revenge on the kids that tormented her in school. This was King’s first novel and my favorite book of his.  

Both of these authors were stepping stones in me wanting to become an author. Of course there are many other writers that I love, but they are two of my favorite.

So I wanted to say Thank You Very Much VC Andrews & Stephen for making me the reader & writer I am today. Of course as I writer I am still growing, but I thank them for the inspiration.