When I was a young girl and had trouble falling asleep, I would imagine myself writing a novel. I would imagine who the characters would be, the setting and the plot. I never got past the first page before I fell asleep. And I never for a moment imagined that I would actually become an author. The thought didn't even cross my mind.
Many years later when people suggested that I should write a book about the ideas I shared, I laughed. I was sure they weren't serious. I thought my ideas were too ordinary to be worth writing about. After hearing yet another person saying, "You ought to write a book," I agreed to consider the possibility.
I made several attempts at writing but nothing seemed to be working. I didn't know how to start the story. I tried a chronological version but it didn't feel right. I let it go. One of the valuable lessons I have learned over the years is that I'm basically a "do it now" kind of person and when I do procrastinate, it's because I'm not ready.
One night I sensed a great deal of energy around me and I said, "Go away and let me sleep."
But it didn't go away so I decided to let my mind wander. I started to think about the conversation I had with my daughter Lori when she asked how I felt about the man I was with being so physical and how my other daughter Michaela thought I wouldn't be comfortable with it. I imagined explaining it to Michaela and the story suddenly felt like a chapter for the book. Then other chapter headings started to come to me and eventually I got up, went to my desk and started writing chapter ideas. When I went back to bed the book felt like a reality. I knew I could tell stories on many subjects based on my experiences and now I finally had a format that I felt could work.
I started writing a chapter about physical intimacy, outlining the reasons why I felt that it had been missing in my marriage. When I read what I had written, I realized that I put a lot of blame on my husband's behaviour and that I couldn't publish a "healing" book that would cause someone else pain and embarrassment. Besides, it was just my point of view. It was then that I realized that I had to be clear that this book was the story of my experience and that how I had perceived my life was not necessarily how it had actually occurred. So, again, I left it alone for awhile.
On April 13, 1997, I wrote the first chapter of Journey to Personal Freedom. The first draft was completed by mid November of that year. A local publisher looked at the draft and recommended that I self-publish. At first I was horrified. Then I realized that I was being guided to take responsibility for all aspects of my book. I investigated self-publishing and got quotes from printers. On April 14, 1998, the printed books arrived at my office.
Since then I have written Heaven on Earth and most recently Giggle Factor.
The publishing industry has changed dramatically over the years and self-publishing is now making it possible for all stories to be told and available.
It is my great pleasure to share my insights with the world and to help other authors believe in the value of their stories and to help make them available as well.
This is a very brief outline of my writing experience. If you have questions you would like me to answer, feel free to send me a message on Facebook.
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