My book, Kirby, might not have seen the light of day had it not been for a writing competition. In fact, Kirby might have stayed at the bottom of my blue bin of forgotten projects if I hadn’t been brave enough to enter my writing into the annual So You Think You Can Write contest. The book that I’ve lovingly dubbed ‘my baby’ actually started as a screenplay – a couple of scenes and a whole lot of notes and character sheets. A lack of experience in screenwriting and a fear of failure doomed it to the bottom of the pile, until I stumbled across SYTYCW 2012. For whatever reason, it was the first story that came to mind. So, after remaining incomplete for the better part of a decade, I took the Kirby folder out and dusted it off. And with the help of internet radio, photos of a certain hunk, and a lot of coffee, I converted Kirby into a manuscript in twelve days. The challenge tested my abilities as a writer, and tested my determination overall. It was an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. And though I didn’t advance to the 2nd round, I refused to give up. In January 2013, I queried Crimson Romance; to my delight, they saw the same potential in Kirby that I did – and a book was born.
With Kirby being released on March 25th, I’m reminded of a promise I made to myself a few years back – make life count at all costs. It was with that promise that I committed to making sure that, when I’m old and gray, I’ll be able to look back on my life and smile without regret. Part of that commitment was to see my work in print – and now, with enough drive and determination, Kirby will be the first of many projects I will see completed. Between my music (I play bass in a female-fronted punk band called Running Thoughts), my small but happy set of baking clientele, and my writing, I can say without a shadow of doubt that I am happy with the steps I’ve taken. And when Jess invited me to contribute to the Crimson blog, the only thing I could think of writing was to ask the dreamers who are reading this right now – what are you waiting for?
The single most important thing I felt I could contribute was the advice that not only is it never too late to start dreaming, but it’s never too late to make things happen! I hope you’ll forgive a girl for wanting to inspire others to ‘go for it’; whether it’s writing that book or starting a business or telling your crush that he or she is the one, I’ve become a firm believer in ridding your mind of the ‘what-ifs’. If I’d left Kirby in the bin, I wouldn’t be sitting here (too amped to sleep!) celebrating the release of a book that I had the best time writing. And I wouldn’t be here crossing my toes (since my fingers are currently busy!) and hoping that you will enjoy it just as much. If there is anything in the world that you’ve wanted to accomplish – go for it! You’ll find that there’s nothing better than making your entire life legen…wait for it –
Go on, say it – you know you want to! 😉