I grew up in Waterford, Michigan. Where? It’s a little town about an hour north of Detroit. It’s still my home after all these years.
I spent the first 15 years of my life there, moving from Waterford, to Holly, then Clarkston, then back to Waterford. My parents divorced when I was six, and since my mother worked multiple jobs, I was often alone.
Being an only child, I had to entertain myself. I chose to make up stories. I was a doctor, a scientist, a singer, but only in my mind.
My writing journey began when I discovered Zelda. My first game was Ocarina of Time, and my imagination grew. The only other video games I had played at the time were Paper Boy and Sonic so this was a real treat for me.
I then discovered the Nintendo forums, and with that I discovered fan fiction. I had written a couple things here and there, but I never saw writing as something I would spend a lot of time doing. But, I went for it anyway. Would you guess that my fan fic was actually my first finished story?
Fast forward to 2010, when Mom and I moved to Tennessee where I went to college for audio production (if it has to do with sound, I probably know something about it).
I had heard the name NaNoWriMo thrown around quite a bit, so I decided to try it that year. Everything I wrote up to this point was either Zelda related, or poems. I never journeyed out from beyond that. But this year, I decided to try something different.
I sat in class while the teacher talked about Pro Tools or microphones, and I wrote about a girl who meets a guy in a coffee shop, and falls in love. It wasn’t the best story, but it was something. I wrote my 50,000 words, and I was so proud of myself for sticking with it.
I repeated the process in 2011, and in the summer of 2012 my dad invited me up to Michigan to spend some time with him. One night, I had an idea for a story, so I laid in bed and I scribbled down some notes. It was then that I realized that I was a writer. Writing was what I wanted to do at 2am, not mixing songs.
I went back to Tennessee and I told Mom I wanted to quit college and become a writer. Her response was, “Ok, start with a blog.” That blog is what you are reading now.
Since then, I have moved back to Virginia, continued this blog, finished a novel, and self-published two short stories (which are on the Books page).
And that’s me in a…nutshell? A giant nutshell.