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I have been writing little short stories all of my life. Many times even embarking on longer stories that I never finished and thankfully will never see the light of day, but they were a beginning. As an adult, my writing took a backseat to everything. I got married, had children, raised gardens, rescued animals, worked and went to college. I still found time to read, a lot, but writing was virtually forgotten.
As I would read, I would complain about the actions of characters, or an ending that made me want to throw a book at the wall, or how wished the story would have been written this way or that way. My husband started saying, “Well, why don’t you write your own. Then it will be just how you want it.” My reply was always that I didn’t think I could do it. He always replied to that by telling me that he had no doubt I could write a book and he had no doubt I could do it well.
So, I started seriously thinking about it. But what would I write about? Everything I read said to write what you know and love. I love dragons, magic, and fantasy in general as well as romance. Anne McCaffrey, Robert Jordan, and R.A. Salvatore are just three of my favorite authors. I decided I would write a story about dragons. It snowballed from there.
The next thing I knew, characters were showing up, telling about themselves and insisting I write them. Then characters that had no connection to the dragon story I wanted to write showed up and started telling me about their stories they wanted me to write. It’s like once I opened the door and let a few in, everybody decided to show up for the party.
So the adventure of Embers at Galdrilene began. At first I thought it would be a single, stand alone book. My characters quickly showed me different. The story they had planned would span more than a single book, unless I intended to write one very long book. It would be three books. So the series, Dragon’s Call, was born.
The path to completed first novel was a long a one. I learned so much along the way. Embers at Galdrilene was six years in the making. Two of those years were unproductive though. My third child was born and those two years (especially the first) passed in a sleep deprived, brain fog. The other years I spent learning how to manage my writing time, learning the craft of writing, and growing from constructive criticism.
Embers went live on Amazon in May 2012. I’m working hard on the second book in the series titled, Tears of War. When I am finished with all three books of the Dragon’s Call series, I have two other completely unrelated novels waiting to be written.
I live in Kansas with my husband,our three children, a small flock of chickens and dairy goats and my wonderful dog, Katie.
My debut novel, Embers at Galdrilene was voted number one by readers in the Turning Pages Book of the Year awards.
Embers at Galdrilene also won an Indie Book of the Day award
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