by Angela Rose
When the last of eight kids headed off to kindergarten in August of 2012, I literally panicked. No, it wasn’t that my baby was becoming a big boy that worried me. It was my biggest boy, my husband that had me concerned! The man makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like a drunken “frat boy” in Miami during spring break! He hates to spend money, and can never have enough financial security. My dilemma? Oh my gosh! He’s going to send me back into the workforce, after being a stay-at-home mom after all these years. Well, there was no way I was going to let that happen!
In high school I fell in love SE Hinton’s book, The Outsiders and the writing bug bit! I started writing stories, using the captain of the football team and friends, as the inspiration for my characters. When I began brainstorming how I could bring a small, modest income into the household and work from home, I had to ask myself this question. What do I love and spend the majority of my time doing? Besides parenting, carpooling and laundry, of course. The answer? I spend all my time reading romance and journaling. So when the Wake County Library in Knightdale offered a six week writer’s course starting the very same week, I knew it was Divine Intervention…or just good timing! Either way, I was on the road to becoming an aspiring writer!
It has been over a year since I have begun plotting story after, after story….never to finish! I realized taking Honors English in high school, and being an English Major didn’t necessarily make me a writer, and I openly admit my hate of grammar. I’m guilty of tossing commas around like they’re candy! Once I had re-read my first attempt I was discouraged, but wasn’t about to give up on this dream. I checked out classes at the local community college and signed-up for a couple of classes on writing fiction and character building. So I was on my way to being published author, right? Wrong! I had the plots, but still no structure to my writing.
I was just about to give up when historical romance author, Michelle Willingham said to me. “Never tell yourself that you’re an aspiring author/writer. You write every day…even if it’s only fifteen minutes. Writers write! The only difference between you and a published author is….the published one never gave up.” Words I’ll never forget. Though I’m still learning, I am a writer, as I have no intentions of giving up my dream to be a published author. Besides, the voices in my head are begging to be heard!