Describe the moment when you realized you wanted to be a writer.
The first happened when I was in my late 20s. I was working as an actor but I wasn’t getting the kind of work I wanted (not enough, and not enough that was truly interesting) and was feeling creatively unsatisfied, not to mention broke half the time. So a friend and I started talking about writing material for ourselves—plays with great female roles—but I wasn’t thinking in terms of becoming a writer so much as doing it to create work for myself. Honestly, though, while I talked a big story, I didn’t believe I had the self-discipline, much less the talent.
Soon after that, I read some journal pages to someone—I used to do a lot of journal writing—and he took a long moment when I was done, and then said, “Are you sure you’re not a writer?” Something kind of blossomed in me right that moment, and I realized I’d always had the secret, but very strong wish to write, always revered storytellers of all kinds. Still, I didn’t quite believe I could do it.
I started “preparing” to write, even to the point that I would set up my room with my laptop and candles lit and moody music playing…like I could seduce the muse, I guess. I would start something, be overcome with self-consciousness and thinking it sucked, and quit.
Finally one day my boyfriend was going off to perform a matinee at the Stratford Festival and I just decided I would start writing and push past that feeling of it all being crap. Three hours later I looked up and he was back and it felt like it had only been three minutes. I had gone really deep, had disappeared into the work, and it felt like nothing I’d ever experienced. That’s when I knew.
Then in high school, writing for English assignments was way too much fun for me and more fun than other students seemed to feel. ☺ I really loved creative writing sooo much.
Fast forward to when I had a son and he was in grade kindergarten, I decided that I would write a book for him—one where he got to be the hero of the story. The idea of being a writer kind of grew from there. Along the way, I stopped writing it for a while, but a couple years later I really dug in and dreamed of having my own real life book on a bookshelf. It was then that I decided to throw everything I had into it. I took a writing course, hired freelance editors, and finished that book…and wrote more.
Awakening by Shannon Duffy
Series: Awakening #1
Published by Entangled Teen on April 7th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult
A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.
Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.
Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?
Desiree Six lives in a society where the government dictates everything and anything their citizens do. She doesn’t question anything because she doesn’t know any better, until her old childhood friend Darian escapes jail and gives her proof that they are the enemy. Which will she choose? Her normal steady life or the one where she realizes the truth?
Awakening combines two of my favourite genres, dystopian and science fiction. And they were both met happily. I pretty much devoured this whole heartedly because I just wanted to know which side Desiree would choose. The progress isn’t slow by any means, so I was constantly on the edge. I love when books are revealed slowly, but at the same time the plot is being investigated, questions are being answered, and characters change for the better. We get all of this in Awakening. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the romance because at times I thought it was a bit too cheesy for my taste, but maybe it’s just me being an adult reading a teen book. I know I would have loved it when I was younger though. Desiree is naive, compliant and innocent. Darian is cocky, aggressive and very protective. Combined they’re a perfect match and even though there are many roadblocks, they worked out so well together. I wasn’t a big fan of the mean girl Mallory, and I really liked Desiree’s parents but I wanted to know more about them. The ending was pretty open but the story felt like it was still finished and I definitely got some closure.
Awakening is a must-read for any dystopian fan at heart!
My review of Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman will be up on the blog soon!
Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Published by Entangled Teen on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rave about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do.Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.
Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.
Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.
Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.
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