Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Welcome to the Insecure Writers Support Group, August edition. Alex Cavanaugh leads the band of fledgling, fun writers. Join us HERE.
And now for the two-part IWSG question of the month!
What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer?
I never anticipated becoming a writer. But when my psychologist career took a downturn in 2007, I got hooked on the TV show Prison Break. The dark themes and conspiracy theories of the show echoed my own gloom at the time, I guess. I stumbled across a section on the Fox discussion board: Fan Fiction. "What's this?" I thought. I read some stories and shook my head. "What LOSERS are writing stories about TV characters?"
Fast forward a couple of months and I started writing my own fan fiction! The first piece was laughable in its inept writing. I was lucky for kind TV fans who encouraged me. I decided to write a Prison Break story about what I knew: swimming. My writing style was bloated, but some readers gave me positive feedback about the plot and characterization.
Years later, I reworked the story with my publisher. We cut over 70,000 words and published the story as my third novel: Streamline. It's a military murder mystery centering around my favorite sport of swimming.
(I can't BELIEVE my beloved TV show returns in 2017, yaaayyyyy!)
I just finished writing my seventh novel, SPIKED (Blocked #3). I believe my writing has become tighter, and I can't wait for Spiked to launch on 10-1-16. Once again this story features swimming, so I've come full circle. We shared the cover reveal two days ago.
Happy writing to all!