I am a nurse, a mom, a wife, a writer. I have actually been writing longer than any other roles on that list, but it’s the one least known about me. Why? Because I have always been super protective about this part of my life. Writing was a hobby for me, something I have always just done. It’s hard to explain the place writing has in my life. It has been an outlet, an escape, a way to process, an adventure, a struggle, a joy. It has been my coping mechanism for decades and I love it. Sometimes the things we love we become very protective of, and that is what writing has always been for me. Something I am, but something private.
I have loved writing almost my whole life, and I have been working on this book series for 8+ years (My computer hard drive crashed some time ago destroying my first ever draft of this book. heart breaking, but I still have drafts from the last 5 years or so backed up). There were some LONG breaks in there, writing other things, or too busy with having a baby. I didn’t start this series with the intention of publishing, that just sort of became something I have become interested in over the last couple of years. To give credit where credit is due, the encouragement to do so came mostly from my husband, Jared.
So why didn’t I talk about the book before now? Partially because of the private about writing aspects discussed above. On top of that, I just thought it was an awkward thing to bring up I guess? I have always felt like my writing was so personal, that I never wanted to share it. I worried if I told people about it they would want to read something, and that terrified me! I literally didn’t even let Jared read my book until last year, and he’s been asking since before we got married. None of my family have even read it yet. So, sufficed to say, it’s hugely nerve wracking for me to talk about it at all. I am legit sweating right now, guys. Being vulnerable is hard!
As I mentioned in my last post, I am currently in the self editing process of the first book in my Guardian series. I realized it was time to start writing a blog to introduce you guys to the idea of me as a writer. It was that or one day post on social media “Hey guys, I just published my first book, maybe go buy it! What’s that? You had no idea I was writing a book? Well, welcome to the party!” This is hard, but that would have been harder.
I hope that this explains my secret writing passion to you guys. I am sure that some of you can relate to having a private hobby or interest.
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