When I first started writing, I had this deep-rooted reluctance at revealing myself through my stories, despite the fact that I had read that, for an author, this was inevitable.
I didn’t want any part of it.
So I thought: Fantasy novels! Everything is invented, right? Nothing is real.
Actually I love fantasy. As a teenager I devoured hundreds of books by authors such as: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Phillip Pullman, H.G. Wells, David Brin, and many others. Ideas for fantasy books came easy for me. I though it would be a breeze; stress-free. I could stay apart from my stories and not get involved
Wrong! Not only was I faced with creating new worlds with all that that involved, my ideas, beliefs and feelings found ways to slip through and bury themselves deep within my stories.
Resistance was futile.
Over time, I learned not to be afraid. That was when words really started to flow.
And now, here I am, with my middle grade fantasy novel, Up In The Air, to be published by Jolly Fish Press in July 2013.
Of course, now I have to overcome my diffidence in putting myself out here, on the web.