Why I Write in the First Place

Why do I write you ask?

Well for me writing offers a huge escape to me from my ordinary life. Writing offers me comfort when I’m upset, and joy when I’ve written a piece I feel has merit! I have been writing for as long as I can remember – and, growing up with three siblings, it gave me a lot of opportunity to find peace amongst the chaos of my family. I was able to create any life I wanted in those pages! I’d hide away in my bedroom and write short mysteries, like the ‘Mystery at Rainbow Valley’ (an amusement park in the 90’s here on PEI). I was a big fan of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys when I was young.

When I reached junior high school, two things happened for me: first, I was introduced to the intriguing life of Ponyboy Curtis in the novel, “The Outsiders”, by S.E Hinton; and second, I was soon placed into foster care. From then on, my writing style immediately changed. My characters that I developed became more real on the page; their life became my escape. I was going through so much at the time, and creating someone more screwed up than me made me feel some semblance of normalcy.

These days writing is still a huge part of my life, and even with a job and a family of my own I somehow manage to find time. I still find myself scribbling down verses to a poem, or a scene for a future story; most of the time however, I am busy working on my second book! When I am not renovating the house, working at my job, gardening, or spending time with my family that is!



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