When/Why Did You Become A Writer? – A Guest Post by James Ramsey
Posted by What The Cat Read
Today we are pleased to have James Ramsey visiting with us for a special guest post as part of the Andromeda Rising Virtual Book Tour! To see a full list of all the blogs participating, as well as to enter the giveaway associated with the tour, please visit HERE! =^.^=
When/Why did you become a writer?
Recently, I was asked when and why I became a writer. It’s funny because until that moment I hadn’t realized I was one. For me writing was a way to entertain myself. Being an only child, I grew up making my own fun and imagining playmates. Stories were made up and adventures acted out.
Books were a regular gift in my house. My grandpa owned a bookstore, and I can’t remember a time I wasn’t completely absorbed by a book. Occasionally I would write down my own, but most of the time they were just in my head or were left as fragments of stories never finished. When I got older, and had to try to support the book addiction Grandpa had created, I quickly realized my habit far outstripped my income. To compensate, I turned to the internet and discovered fanfiction.
It was a goldmine for someone like me. It also reignited my imagination. After about a year of lurking, I got up the courage to post my own story. Fanfiction sites gave me the opportunity to flex some long unused writing muscles. The overwhelmingly positive response and constructive criticism helped me find my own style and sense of pacing.
As fun as writing fanfiction was, I had my own story whispering in the back of my mind. The whispers turned to muttering and then shouting. Andromeda Rising soon started taking shape. It wasn’t something that came to me in a dream, fully formed and waiting to be typed out. It was a continually evolving world that expanded past my initial plot line and into a series. The ideas and characters were just too big for one book.
I hope you enjoy my world and the characters that live there. Andromeda Rising is only the beginning of the journey.
About the Author:
She blames her love of the written word entirely on her Grandfather who owned a bookstore, feeding her addiction regularly. Cutting her teeth on illustrated fairy tales she quickly moved on to Farley Mowatt and Lucy Maude Montgomery.
Proudly standing in line till after midnight for five of the seven Harry Potter books she was the only one there without a child.
Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, Anne Rice, Keri Arthur, Jean M. Auel, Dan Brown, Stephanie Laurens, Christopher Paolini, Stephenie Meyer, and Jane Austen represent just a fraction of the titles found in her personal library.
She is rarely found without a bag full of notebooks, iPods, and her Kindle.
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