I grew up in Southern California a few miles from Hollywood. I spent most of my life in the library reading books. When I wasn’t at the library, I wrote short stories, drew and took photos while traveling.
I started writing at the age of six. I’d make up stories from something I saw or experienced. During my junior year in high school, my English teacher encouraged me to publish one of my short stories. She even went as far as sending one to a magazine, which they published. Since then several of my short stories have been published in small press magazines. It wasn’t until recently did I decide to publish a novel after being encouraged by co-workers at Harcourt Publishing.
Read, read, read, write, write, write, every day if you can. Write what you like to read. Don’t try to write a genre you’re not familiar with or don’t enjoy reading. It’ll show in your writing. Join a writer’s group. Have reliable A and B readers. Most of all don’t let your personal fears, rejection, slow book sales or life stop you from writing. It’s easy to let negativity deter you. Trust me. I know. But no writer became instantly famous from the first story they wrote. Not even Stephen King. It took him many years and stories before he got published. It took him even longer to build a following of devoted readers.