When Are You Really a Writer?

I’m excited to announce two important events:

  • I will be doing my third book signing at the Barnes & Noble at The Collection on Peachtree Parkway, Saturday July 14th. Please come and visit!
  • I have also been invited to be a panelist at this year’s Decatur Book Festival, September 1 & 2. Stay tuned for more details on my website. This is one of the largest independent book festivals in the U.S. I am honored to be invited. Please drop by!

So when did I become a writer? An overhead short of a woman writing in a journal at a busy table with a cup of coffeeWas it when I was babysitting at thirteen and journaling? Was it when I became an English teacher or later in my career when I wrote short essays on planes, traveling for business? How about when I won the Atlanta Journal Constitution short story contest, or when I joined my first writer’s critique group and read my writing out loud to strangers? Perhaps it was when I printed business cards, or  the week I connected with my web guru (actually my website designing college roommate) and collaborated on the creation of my first website? Was it when I started my memoir, or when it was published? How about when I started blogging?

It’s an interesting question. In my bones, I think I’ve always been a writer; I just didn’t share it with many people. Perhaps being a writer for some is when you truly “go public.” For me, it was more about capturing my thoughts and impressions for later reference. At the time, it didn’t matter if I had an audience or not. In fact, I think I viewed my writing as private- sort of  like a diary.

Now that I have published, I’m enjoying the public interaction immensely. Engaging in dialog about my work has been very rewarding. Of course, looming in the background is the question: “What will your second book be about?” I’m really not sure at this point. It may very well be fiction, incorporating some experiences I’ve had with the medical and pharmaceutical fields . It’s currently percolating, yet to be finalized. I view writing as a birthing process: it takes time to formulate; it is sometimes painful to produce; it is never perfect enough, and hopefully I am happy with the results!

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