Everyone has a story. And although some people might think their story is a little dull, it's always worth sharing; whether it's happy, sad, dramatic, adventurous, inspiring, sentimental, funny, or all of the above, sharing our stories is what connects us all. It's what makes us less fearful and distrustful. It's what makes us more caring and open-minded. Sharing our stories leads us to be more understanding, patient and kind. And who doesn't need more of that?
"Writers and readers have a special relationship, because one could not exist without the other. They share a bond, a love for stories, that cannot be broken."
I have always loved stories. I remember sitting on a rug at the Cedar rapids library listening to the woman tell the tale about the little black puppy that got into mischief and as he grew, he got into even more mishaps. I think that story because not only could I relate to getting into mischief, but I could let my imagination loose and suddenly, I was there in the story with the puppy, getting into mischief alongside the black puppy.
As soon as I learned how, I read everything I could get my hands on; library books, books from our bookshelves, even the encyclopedias that had gotten dusty from years of sitting.
I loved Dr. Seuss and Robert McCloskey books. "Make Way for Ducklings," and "Blueberries for Sal," were among my favorites.
And as I got older, my taste in books changed and I turned to Laura Ingalls Wilder and Lois Lenski to support my reading habit. I read so much my mother often encouraged me to go outside and play "for Heaven's sake!"
I loved to read. I imagined myself into the story and braved the wild frontier with Laura and her family and looked for clues with Harriet the Spy. every book I read was a new adventure for me.
Soon I had graduated to novels and broadened my horizons with different genres. Romances were ok, but I was drawn more to sci-fi, fantasy and horror books. Stephen King became my idol and I read everything I could from him.
When it came time to decide what I wanted to do with my life, I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I wasn't sure what aspect of writing I wanted to do. After exploring the possibilities, I have come to conclusion that I want to write stories for children. I want them to be able to feel what I did. I want them to use their imaginations, to look at each new book as an adventure just waiting to be opened.
I wrote the "Between Worlds" series not only to fulfill my dream of becoming an author, but to give back what was given to me.
Mya is a girl from Colorado, who finds out that life can take many twists and turns, but if she can just stay true to herself, everything works out in the end.
My next story is "Attitude is Everything." It is about Tessa, whose dreams are crushed after a terrible accident. She has two choices; give up on her dream, or fight for what she believes in. She learns that things don't always turn out like she expected. Sometimes, they're even better.
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