Wednesday, August 29, 2012


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. 


  1. Such a true thing! I think all writers go through this, first with their writing, then with their social networking. I know I did. Your blog is cute and I'm glad you got it up and running. (Fellow JFP author, if you were wondering! :D) My advice would just be to always reciprocate. If you want others to follow you, you must first follow them, etc. If you just start doing this in little ways that you're comfortable with, you'll be amazed how quick the learning curve is and how brave you'll become is a very short time. The online world will open itself up to you and you'll wonder how you were ever so afraid. Good luck! :D

  2. Thanks for the vote of confidence Liesel, and great advice. You're right, little by little is the way to go. I'm pacing myself and trying not to get too overwhelmed.