Grab a cup of coffee and let's get to know each other. I set out on this journey years ago and it has been a learning experience. Maybe you can learn from my mistakes, and help me avoid making more. Two heads are better than one, right?
I have dreamed of being a writer for as long as I can remember. While other kids were outside playing catch during summer vacation, I was hidden away in my room. If I wasn't reading, I was writing. Teachers encouraged me. I even had a couple of stories published in anthologies. Then college took up a lot of time, and the reality of working full-time took over. My dreams of writing were replaced by dreams of owning a home, buying a new car and having a family. I decided to put off my dreams of writing until later.
Then, I spent my 36th birthday at the visitation for my best friend. She was 35 years old. It occurred to me as I sat there in the church, staring at her closed casket - at the beautiful portrait of her sitting atop it - that later was not a promise, but a possibility. Terri's death was a wake up call. I realized that I could no longer put off my dreams. It was time to start working to make my dream of being a writer a reality.
I began simply, with an old computer and a dial up connection. I sold a couple of articles, then found National Novel Writing Month and started writing fiction under the pen name, Elle Robb. It has been difficult, learning the craft and the ropes while working full-time with a family, but it has been worth it. Scrapbooking is also a passion of mine. I love that I can combine my love of writing with recording my family's journey. I am living my dream, and setting a good example for my teenage daughter. I urge you to join me on this journey, no matter what your dream might be. Together, we will make our dreams a reality!