So, a little about me...
I pay the bills by working in a large, chain bookstore (you know the one) where I'm happiest when I'm organizing the Teen section or talking about the latest book I've read (and am most likely obsessing over). I post all of my staff recommendations on Instagram!
My hobbies, though, are what really enrich my life and I have many of them: I play the clarinet and bassoon in a community band, I have a Gilmore Girls podcast, I love photography, I watch a million TV shows and films and, of course, I read and write a lot! Oh, and I have a bit of an obsession with tennis. Er...I guess I need to be honest here: I am completely and irrevocably in love with tennis. If only watching tennis counted as working out!
Despite always being a voracious reader, I never thought I could write something of my own. I am not that person who, as a child, wrote my own stories and dabbled in fan fiction because I loved it. In fact, I kind of hated writing. I wasn't very good at it and I never gained much confidence for it while in school. I was proud of myself for doing well enough on my AP Lit exam so I would only have to take one english class in college. (I know!)
While I was always much better at math and science (I double majored in Biology and Music at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA), I have always been extremely creative. I have the type of brain that exists outside the box and I think that is why I love books so much. I have such an appreciation for the minds that think up the stories I love and in the past few years I finally realized that I could do it, too!
I wrote my first manuscript (a contemporary YA romance about a vague breakup), but set it aside because I figured it was my "terrible first book":) What I wrote next, and what I'll be querying is a YA adventure that was inspired by my own love of music when I imagined a world where it was illegal. THE MOVEMENT is told in dual POV and my male MC is based on Dave Grohl. (They say to write what you know and I have definitely done that!)
Thanks so much to Brenda Drake and all of the mentors out there! I'm excited! (and nervous!)
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