Ok, so I was in the third grade going to school at Gershwin Elementary in Chicago for a semester while my mom went through training for work, and low and behold, I discovered I wanted to write books. Bam! A dream ignited, just like that.
So, what did I say when an adult family member asked what I wanted to be when I grew up? I said, "I want to be a writer." Now keep in mind, this was way before Amazon became the mecca for aspiring authors and J.K. Rowling made it a fathomable notion to want to do such a torturous thing for a living--it's hard, trying to replicate the things that are so clear in the mind, onto pages.
Naturally, he said, "Oh no, baby. You don't want to be a writer, you want to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or something that makes lots of money." As an impressionable child, I listened and took heed. From that moment on, I struggled with an internal war, trying to be something my heart had no desire to be.
Fast forward to today. I'm shoving his words out of mind and going for it. Buying the ticket to be eligible for the literary jackpot. I've written books. I'm writing books. Good books, too. The one I just finished makes me feel proud. And that little thing called self-doubt? I'm slowly pushing it to the wayside, too.
So now what? You can't just write books and the whole world finds it, and poof, presto, best-selling acclaimed author. No, it doesn't work like that. Something like the whole tree falling in the forest--it doesn't matter if no one knows about it. I've got to build a BRAND. Ugh, what a blasphemous word. I'm me. I love polka dots and preppy stuff and spicy sweet tea and reading good books. I love writing books. Except, that's just what I have to do. I have to build a brand to help people find my falling tree in the forest. It's there. My books are the new life of those trees that will live long after I'm gone.
After much ado about nothing, I've discovered this illusive brand. After watching countless movies, reading countless books, taking craft and marketing classes, and researching other successful authors' websites and strategies, I've got it. I know who I am and what I'm about, what my books are about. And it was there the whole time.
What I love about writing books and what says who I am, is the celebration of what it means to fall in love with falling in love. What it means to find that one someone in a world overflowing with billions of someones.
That's what I'm writing. That's the world I want to live in, so I hope you'll come along on the journey with me.