My writing begins at the age of four or five. I recall my wonder at having watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time–though in truth, I don’t think I was allowed to stay up and watch the movie in its entirety until I was eight or nine years of age. Still, I was inspired by L. Frank Baum’s fantasy that transported Dorothy from the dust bowl of Kansas to the fertile land of imagination called Oz.
As my college professor, Dr. R.D. Brown used to say, “Good writers borrow; great writers steal.” I unwittingly followed his sage advise and began writing my first story based on The Wizard of Oz. When I say write, I mean dictate to my oldest sister who–to the best of my knowledge–humored me by pretending to write my story down in detail. My hero was a boy restricted to a wheel chair. Instead of being hassled by the bike pedaling Elmira Gulch, he is teased by the other kids because he is confined to a wheelchair. When he wishes there was some place he could go where people weren’t mean to him, he ends up in a strange land and befriends a talking lion. (Ironically, stolen from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, which I wouldn’t read until the seventh grade.)
That’s about as far as I got on my first story. I’ve made some progress since then. I’ve written three novels. The first two never got beyond a first draft–and the first one will most likely never reach a second draft. The second has potential, but I doubt I’ll do much with it unless I can publish other works and justify revising and rewriting it. The third novel took approximately nine years to complete. That’s nine years of lunch breaks and early mornings sitting in front of my computer. That’s nine years of day dreaming, plotting and researching. And after nine years, I had a hefty novel sitting in my computer waiting to be discovered.
So, I self-published my novel, How Deep Lies the Shadow, and here I am sharing my love of story telling with you and anyone who cares to read on the Internet in the form of a blog. I hope that you find what I have to share enjoyable, entertaining, thought-provoking and maybe even inspiring. I look forward to reading your feedback, ideas, and comments. I’m open to criticism of my stories provided it offers constructive suggestions for improving my writing.